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The Flowers of War Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A florid, melodramatic tear-jerker of questionable taste but undeniable emotional impact.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 12, 2012
The filming techniques cross Saving Private Ryan with Zimou's own Hero and other dynastic, martial arts-driven Chinese epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 2, 2012
Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 1, 2012
Impressively directed and beautifully shot, this is a compelling, superbly acted drama that exerts a powerful emotional grip, though it's impossible not to suspect that certain liberties have been taken with the actual events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sky Movies
August 1, 2012
It is is impossible not to be moved. Bales sometimes overeggs his Western saviour yet is watchable throughout, imbuing Miller with a nobility that is only explained in the final reel.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 30, 2012
As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 25, 2012
Um filme que peca ao ouvir a expressão "espetáculo de crueldade" e conferir maior peso à primeira palavra do que à segunda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Veering from the sensational to the maudlin, this is a compromised epic that panders to the Chinese audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Pulver
February 14, 2012
The Nanjing massacre is still a running sore in China's 20th century history, and Zhang is brave to take it on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 1, 2012
Visually stunning, it's an epic saga of survival and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 29, 2012
... too long and slow, ... but it's beautifully photographed and performances are excellent ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 20, 2012
A beautiful, truly moving story of love and sacrifice within the brutality of war.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 20, 2012
"The Flowers of War", a film that has grown on me, is an epic story whose 141 minute running time is never dull.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 20, 2012
Giving a seriously Marlene-Dietrich-like performance in her first major role, Ni Ni is spellbinding as the hooker with a heart of gold.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
January 19, 2012
What we have here is a movie that believes it is a massive and glorious heroic epic, when it's really a backlot melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2012
A strange hybrid of "City of Life and Death" and "Father Goose" that nevertheless, in the hands of Zhang Yimou, musters a few striking moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alison Willmore
January 19, 2012
While it's as blunt as any typical big-budget war epic would be, the film finds plenty of moments in which Zhang's skill as a filmmaker and his deft handling and interest in female characters shines...
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Michael Dequina
January 17, 2012
What Zhang Yimou really does best--the epic scale of intimate human emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 17, 2012
I can't get it out of my thoughts, and I recommend it highly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 3, 2012
In the midst of unthinkable brutality, Zhang has found a savage poetry, not to soften the horror, but rather to compel the audience to watch it without being able to turn away. Using his trademark fascination with satu
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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