Harrison's Flowers (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though it presents the war in shockingly gritty, realistic terms, Harrison's Flowers uses such scenes as background for a trite love story.

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A woman travels to war-torn Yugoslavia to find her husband, a photojournalist for 'Newsweek,' who was to make this his last assignment but has been reported dead by the wire service.
R (for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use)
Art House & International , Drama
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Andie MacDowell
as Sarah Lloyd
David Strathairn
as Harrison Lloyd
Elias Koteas
as Yeager
Alun Armstrong
as Samuel Brubeck
Diane Baker
as Mary Francis
Scott Michael Anton
as Cesar Lloyd
Adrien Brody
as Eric Kyle
Caroline Goodall
as Johanna Pollack
Brendan Gleeson
as Marc Stevenson
Gerard Butler
as Chris Kumac
Dragan Antonic
as Chetnik
Antony Boehm
as Freddy
Marie-Beatrice Bernert
as Austrian Woman
Predrag Bjelac
as Doctor in Vukovar
Kurt Cramer
as CNN Journalist
Nicole Estabrooks
as Journalist 4
Francis Simon
as Layout Technician
Milan Gargula
as Katzman
Rich Gold
as Journalist 1
Bela Grushka
as Nina Portnoy
Jessica Horvathova
as HTV Interviewer
Amy Huck
as Cybil
Corey Johnson
as Peter Francis
Joel Kirby
as Michael
Rianne Kooiman
as Newsweek Journalist
Liliana Krstic
as Old Woman
Gregory Linington
as Journalist 2
Mirko Medenica
as Croatian Officer
Deborah Michaels
as Journalist 3
Slobodan Milovanovic
as Base Commander
Sasa Nikolitch
as Chtlomac
Zivko Petrov
as Nustar Peasant
Michael Rogers
as Canadian Cameraman
Quinn Shepherd
as Margaux Lloyd
Joel Sugarman
as Nelson
Dale Wyatt
as Mistress of Ceremony
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Critic Reviews for Harrison's Flowers

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (29)

Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.

Full Review… | June 4, 2008
Top Critic

Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Director Elie Chouraqui, who co-wrote the script, catches the chaotic horror of war, but why bother if you're going to subjugate truth to the tear-jerking demands of soap opera?

March 15, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Harrison's Flowers


"Harrison's Flowers", with a story plot basically revolving around the early 1990s Yugoslavian war and the search of a photojournalist lost in its midst by his wife, delivers a sufficiently grasping performance. All this despite the cast being not so famous.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

As an editor, I found this movie very credible. In fact, I published photos submitted by photojournalists of apparent atrocities in Eastern Europe in the late 1990s. I am surprised by some of the condescending reviews by "professional" reviewers. The film simply has the ring of truth. I have no quarrel with the storyline -- the authors needed a vehicle through which to tell this story. I think Andie MacDowell did a fine job as the driven wife. So did Straithairn and Brody in their roles. None of these fine actors lacks gravitas. War crimes did occur; journalists did die in these conflicts. There are too few films portraying these very real themes, and I hope the haughty reviewers do not deter other producers and directors from pursuing new films showing the real world.

Faye Marine
Faye Marine

A worth subject but ultimately dull. Andie MacDowell is out of her depth.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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