The Black Tulip
The Black Tulip (2012)

After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 26, 2012
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.

Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine

Getting a film like The Black Tulip filmed, produced and out into the public is an impressive feat -- it's just a shame the effort didn't yield a better film.

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Dennis Harvey

A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

[Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Brave, well-meaning effort. . .with a mostly local crew in a high-risk locale. . . Best scenes in too-simplistic film are glimpses of cultural traditions, especially music.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

It fails despite real stakes to distinguish itself in any way from the action-movie fantasies to which we're greatly accustomed.

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