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The Flowers of War Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 31, 2012
Zhang's flamboyant camera choreography and diva-ish flounces of melodrama are vivid but misplaced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 29, 2012
"The Flowers of War" seems like a pretty good film until you begin to think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2012
An unsettling mixture of spectacular brutality and sentimentality that might make even Steven Spielberg blush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
February 23, 2012
The director's grip on the drama is often weakened by his penchant for creating spectacles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 19, 2012
All Zhang's splendor does is foster cognitive dissonance in an audience.
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2012
A third of a million may be dead, but for our purposes, all depends on the survival of these young women, and the redemption of the alcoholic American. Do you get my drift?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 19, 2012
Many of Flowers' individual performances and scenes are striking and masterful, but taken as a whole, it's less a film than a rallying cry of "Our people feel more deeply than yours."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2011
"Flowers" abounds with well-worn movie archetypes and slathers on schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2011
Affecting at times, but finally feels overblown and heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 22, 2011
[Yimou] turns the Rape of Nanking into a visually stunning melodrama. But the effect of such extreme contrast is unsettling to say the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 21, 2011
Battle scenes are spectacular - great explosions! - but most of the screen time is taken up by a contrived and schmaltzy script with little emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
December 20, 2011
Zhang's mixture of unsparing violence, mawkish sentimentality and garish flourishes creates one uncomfortable aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
Human suffering reduced to visual showmanship.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
December 20, 2011
Zhang Yimou revisits the Nanjing massacre of 1937 by making something resembling a backstage musical, with breaks for the occasional ghastly murder or rape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5