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: March 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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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

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.

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.

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

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: 76% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A worth subject but ultimately dull. Andie MacDowell is out of her depth.