Desert Flower
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The personal journey of Waris Dirie, who grew up as an African nomad girl to later become a model.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"Written and directed by German filmmaker Sherry Hormann, it works as well as it does because of the performances she's drawn from a solid cast."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"This inspiring story of a nomad-turned-model is executed in the style of a made-for-TV movie."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"A gripping, if uneven, cinematic journey."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
"'Desert Flower' is a superbly told story with unapologetic conviction, noticeable fire, and the purest intentions of moving your soul. The first must-see movie of the year."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"It has a compelling message and surrounds it with biopic scenes that appear to be brought in from a different kind of movie. The effect is rather unsettling."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The film's unabashed willingness to go from bleak topical piece on genital mutilation to guilty-pleasure glamour can be disconcerting."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Desert Flower is just like Pretty Woman, if Pretty Woman were also about genital mutilation in Somalia (which I believe it originally was)."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Waris Dirie is an inspiration, inside and out, and so is this movie."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Good idea, mediocre presentation."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Waris' saga is one that needs to be told, but this well-meaning dramatization might have had more power if it were a documentary."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A stirring story that mixes personal horror, courage and eventually triumph."
‑ Pete Hammond, Back Stage
"A beautiful model bears eloquent witness to the butchery of female circumcision."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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