In the Land of Blood and Honey Reviews

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August 15, 2014
[An] atrocious script and misguided approach to the subject matter render In the Land of Blood and Honey odious.
April 29, 2012
...not incompetently made, and it suggests that Jolie might have a real shot at someday being a very good director. But it leaves us with a feeling so queasy and uncomfortable one hesitates to give it voice: Could she really think this dynamic is sexy?
April 17, 2012
Jolie never shies away from the horrors of war, with scene after scene of ethnic cleansing and war atrocities, but it suffers from an emotionally distant script and some weird editing that make the film's languid pace even more noticeable.
March 16, 2012
Jolie wants to tell a tragic love story amid the ruins, between a Serb and a Muslim, but she can never get a bead on who these two people are or how they feel about each other.
February 3, 2012
With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
January 27, 2012
Sincere and ambitious yet inadequate...
January 20, 2012
Although Jolie's good intentions are easy to admire, those characters are hard to believe, and the bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect.
January 15, 2012
An admirable but cold effort clearly meant to incite more feeling than is present by the end credit roll.
January 12, 2012
Jolie will happily serve up sexual violence and disturbing gunplay to smack around her audience, but meaningful characterization is lacking, constipating the soulfulness of the screenplay.
January 10, 2012
In spite of its purported intent -- to vividly portray criminal warfare -- [Jolie's] new film bleeds with the delight of capturing violence for its own sake.
January 7, 2012
In her deep desire to send a message about the atrocities committed in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995, [Jolie] forgets to spend much time on emotionally interesting characters.
January 6, 2012
Is it a bad sign when you want a movie to end almost as much as the war it's about?
January 6, 2012
The tendency that often sinks Angelina Jolie's performances -- overemphasizing certain naturalistic behaviors at the expense of well-rounded characterization -- more or less sinks her first film as writer-director.
January 5, 2012
Despite its obvious sincerity, it feels like nothing so much as the world's grimmest Lifetime movie.
January 5, 2012
A mix of the powerful and the ridiculous, and eventually the ridiculous wins.
January 5, 2012
"Blood and Honey'' is both strong and headstrong, equally invested in grit and glamour with a hazy understanding of the line separating the two.
January 5, 2012
Jolie is aiming high here, her influences are impeccable. Her game, however, could use a little work.
January 5, 2012
A movie about a specific event shouldn't feel so general.
January 5, 2012
In the Land of Blood and Honey captures the sickening way the war in Bosnia became a gray zone of genocide. Yet that, unfortunately, is not enough to make it a good movie.
January 5, 2012
The film does what all war films must, which is to reduce the incomprehensible suffering of countless people into the ultimate triumph of a few.
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