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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"A powerhouse of a film about modern journalism and war."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"The film presents an intense dose of reality -- too intense for some, maybe -- and it leaves us with a bitter aftertaste."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"When describing an Andie MacDowell movie, the words "gritty" and "harrowing" do not immediately spring to mind."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Hope, desperation and the ugliness of ethnic cleansing intersect elegantly in director Elie Chouraqui's intense retelling of the 1991 Croatian-Serbian conflict in Yugoslavia."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
"Visceral, unrelenting, affecting and, as often, exasperating."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"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?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Acutely shows the pain and horror war inflicts on regular people."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"...overly melodramatic..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie too often works against itself, pitting an increasingly implausible story with Chouraqui's hard-core realism."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's part travelogue in Hell, part ineffectual weepie."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lacking gravitas, MacDowell is a placeholder for grief, and ergo this sloppy drama is an empty vessel. Leave these Flowers unpicked -- they're dead on the vine."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Utterly predictable and idiotically scripted by writer/director Elie Chouraqui."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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