The Flowers of War
The Flowers of War (2011)

In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Zhang's flamboyant camera choreography and diva-ish flounces of melodrama are vivid but misplaced.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

The director's grip on the drama is often weakened by his penchant for creating spectacles.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A florid, melodramatic tear-jerker of questionable taste but undeniable emotional impact.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

"The Flowers of War" seems like a pretty good film until you begin to think about it.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

All Zhang's splendor does is foster cognitive dissonance in an audience.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

The filming techniques cross Saving Private Ryan with Zimou's own Hero and other dynastic, martial arts-driven Chinese epics.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

An unsettling mixture of spectacular brutality and sentimentality that might make even Steven Spielberg blush.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer

A strange hybrid of "City of Life and Death" and "Father Goose" that nevertheless, in the hands of Zhang Yimou, musters a few striking moments.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

It contributes nothing of value to an understanding of these events.

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With astonishing visuals and an impeccable sound design, this compelling war film constitutes, however, an oxymoron of gorgeous ugliness, centered on a most… More
Christian C
I thought this was a very good war-time film about an unusual/unexpected situatuion. Ni Ni's performance was solid. Bale's characted didn't… More
Manu Gino
A glimpse of WWII in China through one fallen city, Nanking. Great Film! It's a great movie, very touching. The background is Nanking Massacre, at that… More
Cynthia S.
I just loved this movie, and I had never even heard of it until it came on DVD. Why? Why "Memoirs of a Geisha" got so much attention, and not this… More
Dean McKenna
Chinese historical drama war film is definitely worth seeing with British actor Christian Bale. Emotionally and powerful. Highly recommended. The story is… More
familiar stranger
A bit too melodramatic for me. Even Christian Bale couldn't save it. Its cheesiness and overuse of cliches are extremely despicable. Could have at least… More