Bride Flight Reviews

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August 6, 2011
Director Ben Sombogaart doles out surprise revelations steeped in irony with a multi-layered approach. The movie is sad, hopeful and uplifting. Strengths include the gorgeous cinematography, meticulous art direction capturing the look of the...
July 14, 2011
This very pretty melodrama is a rather ordinary entry.
June 30, 2011
The events in the plot are the stuff of soap opera, but the movie treats it seriously, and the acting is convincing enough that we forgive the story and begin to care about the characters.
June 24, 2011
Lovely scenery and historical context elevate the sentimental story lines above the soap opera domain.
June 24, 2011
A tearjerking romance that belongs to another era, when female moviegoers wanted to be transported, not grounded in grim realities.
June 23, 2011
For anyone who shrugs at today's movies and thinks "they don't make 'em like they used to," here's a classy, good-looking chick flick in the old-school tradition.
June 18, 2011
Stuffy and a bit predictable from the outside, this nicely mounted Dutch melodrama eventually blossoms if one gives it time and an open heart and mind, due to the strength of its characterizations.
June 16, 2011
One should never discount the appeal of pretty people in pretty places.
June 16, 2011
It's compelling in a middling miniseries kind of way -- expansive but not terribly deep.
June 15, 2011
A nostalgic glimpse into tangled destinies.
June 13, 2011
This Dutch melodrama compels despite its formulaic elements.
June 10, 2011
[M]odern version of Westward the Women . . .offers American moviegoers an entertaining, yet classy, [romantic] vacation trip through time and place.
June 10, 2011
What's truly moving here are the characters, who all feel real enough to make you want to shout an occasional warning, like a fan in a horror movie. Except this time it's not "Don't go in the basement!" but "Don't marry him!"
June 10, 2011
Sombogaart approaches his soapy subject with just enough restraint. As a result, you can convince yourself it's a highbrow arthouse film even as you're swooning and sniffling over so many tangled love stories.
June 10, 2011
The kind of lush, epic romantic weepie that Hollywood used to deliver on a regular basis for packed matinees at Radio City Music Hall.
June 9, 2011
The weepy story at the heart of "Bride Flight" is trumped by its sumptuous depiction of New Zealand in the 1950s and '60s. This lushness has the effect of a powerful fabric softener added to the wash.
June 9, 2011
Bride Flight gives a panoramic sweep of lives as they're lived, as there is a lot of beauty in it.
June 9, 2011
...really a personal story but told in epic proportions and one that needs be seen.
June 9, 2011
A good old-fashioned, romantic and quite satisfying entry in the always underappreciated women's-movie genre.
June 8, 2011
...like a sprawling summer beach read, a cliche-ridden soap opera that nonetheless works due to great location photography, good acting and solid direction.
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