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Harrison's Flowers Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2002
The scenes of carnage are so well-staged and convincing that they make the movie's story even harder to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 14, 2002
Traveling in Yugoslavia doesn't open MacDowell's well-rested eyes one bit, and the movie's interest in the problems of Yugoslavia is just lip service.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 15, 2002
It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
January 20, 2003
Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 18, 2002
It's clearly a slavish imitation of The Killing Fields, but characters are uninvolving and the story far-fetched (even the title is ridiculous).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 18, 2002
Like Black Hawk Down, Harrison's Flowers left me with mixed feelings. Will people want to experience the horrors of war without interesting characters?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 27, 2003
Lacking gravitas, MacDowell is a placeholder for grief, and ergo this sloppy drama is an empty vessel. Leave these Flowers unpicked -- they're dead on the vine.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 15, 2002
Every moving performance or brain-searing battle scene is counteracted by...contrivances, narrative blunders & continuity gaffes...too obtrusive to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 30, 2003
...overly melodramatic...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 14, 2002
MacDowell and Brody give emotionally galvanizing performances, but too often Flowers arranges itself on a bier that goes flat.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 14, 2002
A stupefying mix of action, politics and melodrama that is as vaguely condescending as the inept but well-meaning pictures about apartheid from the 1980's.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 15, 2002
It's basically a not entirely believable soap opera that would not be out of place on Lifetime if some of the violence were toned down.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 15, 2002
Ends up wilting in the cold light of recent and real heroism, which may not be this photogenic but has the advantage of being incredible and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 15, 2002
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?
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism.
| Original Score: C+
John Venable
Supercala.com
June 28, 2002
This is a good movie in spurts, but when it doesn't work, it's at important times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
March 15, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Utterly predictable and idiotically scripted by writer/director Elie Chouraqui.
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 15, 2002
It's as if the complex backdrop of war could support only the most generic melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Phillips
Citysearch
March 15, 2002
Somehow we're meant to buy that this doting mother would shun her kids, travel to one of the most dangerous parts of the world, don fatigues and become G.I. Jane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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