Broken Blossoms
Broken Blossoms (1919)

Based on "The Chink and the Child", a story by Thomas Burke, Broken Blossoms is one of D.W. Griffith's most poetic films. Richard Barthelmess plays a young Chinese aristocrat who hopes to spread the gospel of his Eastern… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 1919
DVD Release Date: May 11, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms presents a master at the top of his form.

Variety Staff

Although the picture consumes only 90 minutes, it somehow seems draggy, for the reason that everything other than the scenes with the three principals seems extraneous and tends to clog the progression of the tale.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films.

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TV Guide

The most elemental and uncluttered of D.W. Griffith's major melodramas.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Very much on the credit side, though, are stretches of pure Griffith poetry, marvellous use of light and shadow in cameraman Billy Bitzer's evocation of foggy Limehouse, and a truly unforgettable performance from Gish.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Films like this, naive as they seem today, helped nudge a xenophobic nation toward racial tolerance.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Definitely a silent drama fighting against the traditional limitations of the form and the strict social mores of the day. One of Lillian Gish's most moving performances.

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New York Times

There is so much that is unusually excellent and excellently unusual in Broken Blossoms that one is compelled by enthusiasm to write about it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

May be [Griffith's] simplest, most affecting work.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the screen's greatest symbioses of performance and photography.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
New-age films definitely get some of their retrospective ideas from films such as Broken Blossoms. With no dialogue present it has to be a powerful story in… More
Byron Brubaker
First film released by United Artists. D.W. is directly credited as the writer on this one. Though the alternative title, many of the title cards, and the fact… More
jay nixon
The attitudes of the film are of course wildly dated but taking that into account, something you really have to do to look at the film objectively, the story is… More
Sylvester Kuo
One of the most controversial films of the silent film area, Broken Blossoms is a story about an unlikely friendship formed by the outcasts of London, it… More
Stella Dallas
the story of a chinese man who falls in love with a girl of the london slums played by lillian gish. the chinese character is played by a white man and… More
Edward Stymest
Lillian Gish gives an inspiring and masterful performance in "Broken Blossoms," Griffith's film about an interracial romance during a time when… More