Harrison's Flowers
Harrison's Flowers (2002)

A woman travels to war-torn Yugoslavia to find her husband, a photojournalist for 'Newsweek,' who was to make this his last assignment but has been reported dead by the wire service.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 2003
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49%
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77%



Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it presents the war in shockingly gritty, realistic terms, Harrison's Flowers uses such scenes as background for a trite love story.

David Rooney
Variety

Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The film presents an intense dose of reality -- too intense for some, maybe -- and it leaves us with a bitter aftertaste.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Director Elie Chouraqui, who co-wrote the script, catches the chaotic horror of war, but why bother if you're going to subjugate truth to the tear-jerking demands of soap opera?

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Built on a foundation of melodrama and implausible coincidence, Harrison's Flowers is a movie that looks far better on paper than it does onscreen.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A stronger actress, say Michelle Pfeiffer or Cate Blanchette, would have given this political melodrama more credibility and power, but Andie MacDowell is poorly cast and she seems lost.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A worth subject but ultimately dull. Andie MacDowell is out of her depth.