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Welcome to Sarajevo Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
By turns darkly comical and passionately angry
Michael Dequina
December 23, 2006
A documentary would have more powerfully captured the horror of the Bosnian conflict than this synthetic, if well-acted and -intentioned, drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A crisp, rigorously unsentimental director, Winterbottom was a good choice for this project.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 17, 2004
Good set-up; less pay-off than I'd hoped.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
Winterbottom takes a recent history the rest of the world already was beginning to forget and throws it into a sharp, human focus.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A compelling but jumbled film that examines the line between journalistic detachment and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It's an extraordinarily affecting, personal, and at times uplifting tale.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A blistering docudrama, as refreshing as it is horrifying.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Lifts up compassion as the quivering of the heart in the presence of pain and suffering.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
However closely they mirror the real experience of Mr. Nicholson and others, some of the shocks here are too sadly predictable.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Welcome to Sarajevo isn't just the story of an outsider's perspective of the conflict; it's a compelling examination of the role the media played in reporting and shaping the average person's views of the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Messy and visceral, with an articulate, pointed anger that's recognizably British, "Welcome to Sarajevo" hits with an impact that's not diminished by the fact that Sarajevo's uneasy peace has held.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Too often we sense that the actors are drifting and the story is at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This film offers an honest portrait of the media in action, as it also depicts a public that is more interested in being entertained than being informed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Brings up some hard questions about the sheer impossibility of foreign corespondents remaining true to their journalistic neutrality in a war zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Loosely structured, it keeps its focus despite lots of dramatic wiggle room.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
All its dramatized elements, from its scripted dialogue to Harrelson's role as the naysaying cynic, can be seen as devices needed to bring a harrowing but humane story to a popular audience without watering down the very real horrors of a very real war.
Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
An observant, richly textured film that gets under a viewer's skin and stays there.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
[A] well-made movie about senseless violence, prejudice and diplomatic cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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