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The Flowers of War

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Adventure

Release Date :

January 20, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Zhang Yimou

Starring :

Christian Bale, Shigeo Kobayashi, Paul Schneider, Zhang Xinyi, Huang Tianyuan, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Cao Kefan, Ni Ni

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Review rate : D

“..the hokey exaggerations of the story are well matched..”
by Sheri Linden [Los Angeles Times]
“..suffers greatly in comparison to several far superior, less hyped movies about the Nanjing massacre..”
by Mike Hale [New York Times]
“..mostly just proves that there's no tragedy too terrible that it can't be turned into an operatic pageant..”
by Tim Grierson [Village Voice]
Review rate : D

“..messy movie that contains both such unfortunate lapses as the sudden transformation..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]
Review rate : D

“..it seems more like the triumph of sentimental movie conventions..”
by Walter V. Addiego [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..if there are too many plot contrivances, there are also a number of startling surprises that render the film theatrically poten..”
by Bruce Feld [Film Journal International]
Review rate : D

“..each scene is constructed with extreme care..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
2 of 5

“..does put its star's characteristic intensity to good use..”
by David Fear [Time Out New York]
Review rate : B+

“..does give the audience a graphic picture of the sheer brutality engaged..”
by Harvey S. Karten [Compuserve]
1 of 4

“..battle scenes are spectacular - great explosions!..”
by V.A. Musetto [New York Post]

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