Bitter Harvest Reviews

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October 30, 2019
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.
November 19, 2018
Clearly a deeply felt film whose producers' mission is to cast a spotlight on a hidden Ukrainian tragedy, Bitter Harvest has difficulty living up to the powerful tragic sweep of its subject.
August 20, 2018
At times it felt as if it was trying to emulate David Lean's 1966 masterpiece, Dr Zhivago, although it didn't even come within a whisper of it.
December 19, 2017
While Mendeluk's film is well intentioned and mildly intriguing, it falls well short of grandness.
December 8, 2017
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.
September 20, 2017
A watchable effort that sheds light on the atrocities that happened under Joseph Stalin's rule.
August 29, 2017
Nevertheless, in Bitter Harvest the merciless actions are clear, the effect indisputable.
August 10, 2017
While it's commendable that one of history's most despicable human-inflicted tragedies is brought to light, Bitter Harvest leaves viewers bitter for all the wrong reasons.
March 23, 2017
The film's use of English-speaking actors, digital cinematography, and simple sets gives it all a cheap, made-for-cable movie feel.
March 7, 2017
Disappointing drama shows brutal historical violence.
March 3, 2017
This is a story of villainous oppression, unfortunately told with oppressive earnestness.
March 2, 2017
The story of the Holodomor is an important one, but Bitter Harvest plasters over the dark history with all manner of movie shortcuts.
March 2, 2017
It seems like Mendeluk and his writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover were striving for something sweeping and old-fashioned, but the end result is claustrophobic and comically out-of-touch.
March 1, 2017
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
In reality, more than seven million people likely died on Stalin's orders. (The final numbers remain unknown.) Don't they deserve a better epitaph than this?
March 1, 2017
I've said it before, and sadly Bitter Harvest gives me cause to say it again: the only thing worse than a terrible movie is a terrible movie that thinks it's good for you.
February 26, 2017
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 24, 2017
Any intriguing historical context is jettisoned in favor of absurd embellishments that lack subtlety and authenticity.
February 24, 2017
Yes, the film is flawed but it is still one of the most important films to see this year for its first-time look at one of the 20th century's greatest injustices that sheds light on Ukraine's current travails.
February 24, 2017
Bitter Harvest looks good, but it's a wasted opportunity to tell a story the world should not forget.
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