The Flower of Evil
The Flower of Evil (2003)

Co-written by Caroline Eliacheff, Claude Chabrol's La Fleur Du Mal (The Flower of Evil) concerns three generations of the bourgeois Charpin-Vasseur family. The story opens in the present day with a murder occurring during a local… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The strength of this movie is how it starts as a standard whodunit only to become something else: a cunning Chabrol study of incest and old money peppered with a wicked sense of humor.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Each of the characters in the film is so real, so fully drawn, that you feel you know him or her as a person, not as fiction.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

There's a solid message here about wealth and hypocrisy, but it's watered down by the opaque storytelling.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Leave reason behind, back in steerage class, and simply breathe in the foibles of the (upper) crust on this crème brûlée.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A minor work from a major talent.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unsatisfying payoff.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Told without drama, as if this were just an ordinary family, it is the subtleties of the details that win you over.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Chabrol's examination of intergenerational guilt takes awhile to arrive at the station, but the characters and dialogue -- screenplay by Caroline Eliacheff -- are sophisticated and properly witty.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Chabrol has his moments of visual wit ... but mostly The Flower of Evil is a poky and uninvolving thriller of knotted family ties and convoluted histories.

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Drew Smith
A decent if not completely unremarkable French thriller. It isn't that there's anything wrong with The Flower of Evil, per se, but I feel like… More
alan jay
A rather competent drama, but not spectacular in any way beside the absolute cuteness of Melanie Doutey, who has the sweetest and most loveable smile I ever… More