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Broken Blossoms Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 21, 2014
May be [Griffith's] simplest, most affecting work.

TV Guide
August 8, 2011
The most elemental and uncluttered of D.W. Griffith's major melodramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
August 4, 2008
One of the screen's greatest symbioses of performance and photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2007
This mawkish Victorian melodrama rises above its faults with a stylishly beautiful film that also brings real tragedy to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 2, 2007
It's an important film that should be seen, but it's hardly the flawless masterpiece it's often hailed as.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
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.
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New York Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
July 15, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
June 23, 2005
Progressive for its day, but strictly of historic value today.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
May 14, 2005
One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 28, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 21, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 19, 2002
Despite its old-fashioned melodrama roots, a great movie with Gish at her most beautiful and vulnerable. Griffith was the master.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Tremendously downbeat, but beautifully stylized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Films like this, naive as they seem today, helped nudge a xenophobic nation toward racial tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Broken Blossoms (1919) is director D. W. Griffith's most tragic, serious, poetic, intricate, and melodramatic film.
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