Broken Blossoms Reviews

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July 30, 2019
No special feature has dared to produce a mere intimate story about human beings which continues so long as it has something to say and ceases when it has said it.
September 21, 2014
May be [Griffith's] simplest, most affecting work.
August 8, 2011
The most elemental and uncluttered of D.W. Griffith's major melodramas.
August 8, 2011
Definitely a silent drama fighting against the traditional limitations of the form and the strict social mores of the day. One of Lillian Gish's most moving performances.
March 5, 2009
Although the picture consumes only 90 minutes, it somehow seems draggy, for the reason that everything other than the scenes with the three principals seems extraneous and tends to clog the progression of the tale.
August 4, 2008
One of the screen's greatest symbioses of performance and photography.
May 28, 2007
This mawkish Victorian melodrama rises above its faults with a stylishly beautiful film that also brings real tragedy to the screen.
May 2, 2007
It's an important film that should be seen, but it's hardly the flawless masterpiece it's often hailed as.
June 24, 2006
Very much on the credit side, though, are stretches of pure Griffith poetry, marvellous use of light and shadow in cameraman Billy Bitzer's evocation of foggy Limehouse, and a truly unforgettable performance from Gish.
Top Critic
March 25, 2006
There is so much that is unusually excellent and excellently unusual in Broken Blossoms that one is compelled by enthusiasm to write about it.
August 22, 2005
The delicate insinuations of competing amorous and cultural allegiances provide the movie with some of its best and most technically assured sequences.
July 15, 2005
June 23, 2005
Progressive for its day, but strictly of historic value today.
May 14, 2005
One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films.
January 28, 2005
April 21, 2004
August 10, 2003
The love story at the center of Broken Blossoms is deliberately overstuffed but unmistakably colored with infinite shades of biting irony and social critique.
May 24, 2003
Despite Griffith's trademark sentimentalism this is one of his most successful silent dramas, and the film's handling of the then tricky subject of interracial love is unexpectedly sensitive.
December 19, 2002
Despite its old-fashioned melodrama roots, a great movie with Gish at her most beautiful and vulnerable. Griffith was the master.
March 5, 2002
Tremendously downbeat, but beautifully stylized.
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