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Desert Flower Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
This inspiring story of a nomad-turned-model is executed in the style of a made-for-TV movie.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 11, 2011
Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Mohan
March 31, 2011
Waris' saga is one that needs to be told, but this well-meaning dramatization might have had more power if it were a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 31, 2011
Written and directed by German filmmaker Sherry Hormann, it works as well as it does because of the performances she's drawn from a solid cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 31, 2011
It has a compelling message and surrounds it with biopic scenes that appear to be brought in from a different kind of movie. The effect is rather unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 23, 2011
Waris Dirie is an inspiration, inside and out, and so is this movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
March 22, 2011
A gripping, if uneven, cinematic journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011
The film's unabashed willingness to go from bleak topical piece on genital mutilation to guilty-pleasure glamour can be disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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March 18, 2011
The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message.
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
March 18, 2011
A stirring story that mixes personal horror, courage and eventually triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
March 18, 2011
"Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 18, 2011
Good idea, mediocre presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
A lovely performance by Ethiopian supermodel-actress Liya Kebede as supermodel-activist Waris Dirie works wonders to elevate this uneven, occasionally awkward but often absorbing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Luckily, her cast makes up for the lapses, and Kebede is especially effective at showing how triumph over culturally sanctioned brutality remains a tentative prospect at best.
Clay Cane
February 15, 2011
'Desert Flower' is a superbly told story with unapologetic conviction, noticeable fire, and the purest intentions of moving your soul. The first must-see movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Simon Miraudo
February 13, 2011
Desert Flower is just like Pretty Woman, if Pretty Woman were also about genital mutilation in Somalia (which I believe it originally was).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
February 5, 2011
A beautiful model bears eloquent witness to the butchery of female circumcision.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Craig Mathieson
December 8, 2010
It cannot get past the simplest of outlooks, with Waris as victim, survivor or star; there's little insight into she really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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