The Flower of Evil - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Flower of Evil Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 11, 2004
There's a solid message here about wealth and hypocrisy, but it's watered down by the opaque storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2004
An unsatisfying payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 23, 2004
Chabrol has his moments of visual wit ... but mostly The Flower of Evil is a poky and uninvolving thriller of knotted family ties and convoluted histories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 23, 2004
Neither as shocking nor as enlightening as it obviously intends to be -- or as it believes itself to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 9, 2004
The strength of this movie is how it starts as a standard whodunit only to become something else: a cunning Chabrol study of incest and old money peppered with a wicked sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 30, 2004
Chabrol's major theme seems to be that life is cyclical and history repeats.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Tart and darkly droll neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 9, 2004
Leave reason behind, back in steerage class, and simply breathe in the foibles of the (upper) crust on this crème brûlée.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
November 28, 2003
Told without drama, as if this were just an ordinary family, it is the subtleties of the details that win you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
November 28, 2003
Each of the characters in the film is so real, so fully drawn, that you feel you know him or her as a person, not as fiction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
November 22, 2003
The lighting is spectacular, the cinematography by Eduardo Serra, the spare music by Matthieu Chabrol, the production design by Françoise Benoît-Fresco -- all make this a joy to watch.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 21, 2003
The film is a bore.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
November 21, 2003
Although there are wonderful moments to enjoy and a certain dry wit that's specifically French, and specifically Chabrol, the meandering story tests one's patience.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 21, 2003
Flower toys with us, holding back information and hinting that there's more to the story than meets the eye.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2003
A minor work from a major talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 17, 2003
The picture wanders a bit, but every so often the master unleashes something very cool -- such as an ominous birdcage looming in the foreground -- that snaps us back in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 16, 2003
One of Chabrol's lesser works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
November 14, 2003
Chabrol's examination of intergenerational guilt takes awhile to arrive at the station, but the characters and dialogue -- screenplay by Caroline Eliacheff -- are sophisticated and properly witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
November 14, 2003
An elegant, gracefully made movie, but it unreels with something of the same dull sense of preordainment.
| Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 14, 2003
As usual, Chabrol manages to get us worked up over these people, but any further investment is hard to justify.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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