Welcome to Sarajevo
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Michael WinterbottomÕs emotionally powerful docudrama about a British TV reporter and his attempts to smuggle a young Muslim girl out of the Bosnian war zone.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A crisp, rigorously unsentimental director, Winterbottom was a good choice for this project."
‑ , Time Out
"Too often we sense that the actors are drifting and the story is at sea."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"By turns darkly comical and passionately angry"
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Winterbottom takes a recent history the rest of the world already was beginning to forget and throws it into a sharp, human focus."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Lifts up compassion as the quivering of the heart in the presence of pain and suffering."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A compelling but jumbled film that examines the line between journalistic detachment and passion."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Messy and visceral, with an articulate, pointed anger that's recognizably British, "Welcome to Sarajevo" hits with an impact that's not diminished by the fact that Sarajevo's uneasy peace has held."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"A documentary would have more powerfully captured the horror of the Bosnian conflict than this synthetic, if well-acted and -intentioned, drama."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It's an extraordinarily affecting, personal, and at times uplifting tale."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"This film offers an honest portrait of the media in action, as it also depicts a public that is more interested in being entertained than being informed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Welcome to Sarajevo isn't just the story of an outsider's perspective of the conflict; it's a compelling examination of the role the media played in reporting and shaping the average person's views of the war."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"However closely they mirror the real experience of Mr. Nicholson and others, some of the shocks here are too sadly predictable."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Good set-up; less pay-off than I'd hoped."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A blistering docudrama, as refreshing as it is horrifying."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Brings up some hard questions about the sheer impossibility of foreign corespondents remaining true to their journalistic neutrality in a war zone."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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