In the Land of Blood and Honey Reviews

In the Land of Blood and Honey


Genre :

Drama, Romance

Release Date :

December 23, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Angelina Jolie

Starring :

Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija, Nikola Djuricko, Branko Djuric

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 5

“..you probably won't want to see that one, either..”
by Dave White [Movies.com]
“..visually the movie does not look like a first work, narratively and dramatically, it suffers from some serious weaknesses..”
by Emanuel Levy [EmanuelLevy.Com]
“..unfortunately, "Blood and Honey" has script problems: Its core story is less compelling than its overall atmosphere..”
by Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
“..the final developments shift from realism to melodrama..”
by Mark Jenkins [NPR]
“..the film's final line comes across as both quietly dramatic and highly unlikely..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the creation of over- and under-drawn characters chip away at the good intentions and the skills of much of the cast..”
by Howard Feinstein [Screen International]
1.5 of 4

“..the character's shifts between "good" and "bad" seem overly schematic and the central storyline feels at once underthought and overdetermined..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]
2 of 4

“..so the film is a head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..plodding words into the characters’ mouths that would work better in the kind of on-screen textual explanations..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]
4 of 5

“..one that doesn't entirely work as an act of storytelling, but whose end goal is a grisly success..”
by Matt Patches [Hollywood.com]
Review rate : B

“..occasionally, the movie italicizes its points with heavy musical drones, but its tone is remarkably even and concentrated..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]
2.5 of 5

“..it deserves to be taken seriously as a debut by someone who may yet be as natural and assured behind the camera as she seems to be in front of it..”
by James Rocchi [MSN Movies]
“..has some moments of first-movie clumsiness, but it’s soberly and elegantly shot..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
4 of 5

“..give magnetic, raw performances..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
“..closing titles confirm that the motivating intent in making In the Land of Blood and Honey was activist rather than artistic..”
by Karina Longworth [Village Voice]
“..at a certain point, the film almost seems to sense its scenario tilting into tarted-up banality and abruptly shifts gears..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]

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