Bitter Harvest
Bitter Harvest (2017)

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's genocidal… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2017
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Consensus: Bitter Harvest lives down to its title with a clichéd wartime romance whose clumsy melodrama dishonors the victims of the real-life horrors it uses as a backdrop.

Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

This is a story of villainous oppression, unfortunately told with oppressive earnestness.

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Peter Debruge

While "Bitter Harvest" will undoubtedly serve to raise awareness, there can be no doubt that the events deserve a more compelling and responsible treatment than this.

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Rain Jokinen

The film's use of English-speaking actors, digital cinematography, and simple sets gives it all a cheap, made-for-cable movie feel.

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Godfrey Cheshire

Almost inevitably, approaching the Holodomor via a standard-length dramatic feature risks reducing the cataclysm's enormity to a trivializing size and emotional impact.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The millions who died during this real-life tragedy deserve a stronger memorial than this one.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Disappointing drama shows brutal historical violence.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This is a shameful piece of history that deserves a far better film.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Given the scope of the early-1930s atrocity, the most shocking thing about director George Mendeluk's new dramatization is how utterly devoid of emotional impact it is.

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Chris Knight
National Post

The story of the Holodomor is an important one, but Bitter Harvest plasters over the dark history with all manner of movie shortcuts.

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