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Bitter Harvest lives down to its title with a clichéd wartime romance whose clumsy melodrama dishonors the victims of the real-life horrors it uses as a backdrop. Read critic reviews

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A young man's life is changed forever when the burgeoning Soviet Union's ambition leads to Stalin's army spilling into rural Ukraine.

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  • Despite the fact that it was a genocide that claimed millions of lives, the Holodomor is not particularly well known. Bitter Harvest is not the film to bring attention to it.

    December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is a story of villainous oppression, unfortunately told with oppressive earnestness.

    March 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not Zhivago. The big picture is drawn a little too hastily for that. But it is a rousing tale with political pertinence, given the current state of relations between Russia and the Ukraine.

    March 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Cossack horseback action sequences are impressive, but there are too few shots of thundering hooves and too many scenes of stilted political discourse for this picture to take flight.

    February 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bitter Harvest looks good, but it's a wasted opportunity to tell a story the world should not forget.

    February 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Almost inevitably, approaching the Holodomor via a standard-length dramatic feature risks reducing the cataclysm's enormity to a trivializing size and emotional impact.

    February 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the fact that it was a genocide that claimed millions of lives, the Holodomor is not particularly well known. Bitter Harvest is not the film to bring attention to it.

    December 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is a story of villainous oppression, unfortunately told with oppressive earnestness.

    March 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not Zhivago. The big picture is drawn a little too hastily for that. But it is a rousing tale with political pertinence, given the current state of relations between Russia and the Ukraine.

    March 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Cossack horseback action sequences are impressive, but there are too few shots of thundering hooves and too many scenes of stilted political discourse for this picture to take flight.

    February 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a bad sign when even the prayers in this movie are crappy.

    February 7, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Bitter Harvest is both haunting and engrossing. An emotional powerhouse of a film, it is an emotionally resonant, riveting telling of history. Fear and terror is palpable. Pain is resonant.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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