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Black Butterflies Reviews

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March 1, 2012
Black Butterflies scarcely tries to illuminate the substance of Jonker's writing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 28, 2012
Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies...
March 2, 2012
Van Houten ... gives a strong performance as Jonker, and the cinematography is pleasing, but the script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 15, 2017
What kept me most engaged were the mostly strong performances from the cast, and the beautiful cinematography.
April 22, 2011
As far as middlebrow biopics go, it may not break any molds, but it's a reasonably sensitive and occasionally insightful look into the mind and psyche of an impassioned and deeply troubled artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2011
Black Butterflies is the sad human poetry of the lost souls who slip beneath the waves to echo in our collective consciousness.
June 21, 2011
Paula van der Oest's biopic of South African poet Ingrid Jonker is conventional yet captivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead performance from Carice van Houten.
May 1, 2011
The screenplay defiantly never softens [Ingrid] Jonker, but challenges the audience to take her or leave her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2012
The movie reminds you of the extent to which poetry has been marginalized as a cultural force since the early 1960s.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2011
The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through Black Butterflies, a 1960s-set drama whose several strong points include the angry intensity of Carice van Houten's fearless perf.
February 29, 2012
Always feels like a life schematically condensed rather than intimately explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 29, 2012
Black Butterflies is a dark, moving depiction of the life and death of a brave rebellious, idiosyncratic woman who made significant strides toward changing the world around her and paid a heavy toll for her passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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