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Harrison's Flowers Reviews

June 5, 2008
Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.
January 20, 2003
Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating.
August 9, 2002
The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 20, 2002
A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2002
It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 15, 2002
It's the unsettling images of a war-ravaged land that prove more potent and riveting than the unlikely story of Sarah and Harrison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2002
Remarkable for its power to immerse us in the terror, panic and sheer adrenalized rush of the photojournalist's existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2002
The picture, despite impeccable intentions, is an oddly mixed bag.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2002
Split between the bloody relentlessness of the war scenes and the verging-on-schmaltz sentiment on the home front.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2002
Shatteringly realistic action sequences lift this fictionalized treatment of the Serbian-Croatian fighting notches above its sentimental domestic framing device.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2002
Hogwash American sentimentality in a film that shows raped children and brutish soldiers is both disorienting and troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2002
The script's judgment and sense of weight is way, way off.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
March 15, 2002
It uses the pain and violence of war as background material for color.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
March 15, 2002
We may get the full visceral impact of a ruthless army on the warpath but no sense of the devilish complexity of the Balkans conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2002
It's a hysterical, schizophrenic mishmash of styles and elements, a gruesome and realistic war film wrapped in a weepy Hallmark card.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 14, 2002
Chouraqui brings documentary-like credibility to the horrors of the killing field and the barbarism of 'ethnic cleansing.'
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 14, 2002
MacDowell, whose wifty Southern charm has anchored lighter affairs ... brings an absolutely riveting conviction to her role.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2002
We care about these people as people, not just as representatives of a particular country.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2002
The cast fits very convincingly into the nightmarish landscape of a ravaged country.
March 14, 2002
A chintzy melodrama gussied up as hair-trigger combat 'reality,' but there's no denying the vividness with which the French cowriter-director Elie Chouraqui has visualized the chaos of Croatia.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 14, 2002
MacDowell and Brody give emotionally galvanizing performances, but too often Flowers arranges itself on a bier that goes flat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2002
The Balkans provide the obstacle course for the love of a good woman.
March 12, 2002
Offers a glimpse of what happened in 1991 as Milosovich bulldozed his way into power over the corpses of his enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2002
A gripping account of one woman's desperate yet determined search for her photojournalist husband believed by all his colleagues to have died in the Croatian civil war.