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The Black Tulip

The Black Tulip (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry and tell their stories. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as they struggle to maintain their lifestyle when encountering very real threats from lingering factions of the Taliban. (c) Official Site

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Getting a film like The Black Tulip filmed, produced and out into the public is an impressive feat -- it's just a shame the effort didn't yield a better film.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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Brave, well-meaning effort. . .with a mostly local crew in a high-risk locale. . . Best scenes in too-simplistic film are glimpses of cultural traditions, especially music.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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It fails despite real stakes to distinguish itself in any way from the action-movie fantasies to which we're greatly accustomed.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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