Welcome to Sarajevo
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

Michael WinterbottomÕs emotionally powerful docudrama about a British TV reporter and his attempts to smuggle a young Muslim girl out of the Bosnian war zone.

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 26, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Time Out

A crisp, rigorously unsentimental director, Winterbottom was a good choice for this project.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Too often we sense that the actors are drifting and the story is at sea.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

By turns darkly comical and passionately angry

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A compelling but jumbled film that examines the line between journalistic detachment and passion.

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Charles Taylor

Messy and visceral, with an articulate, pointed anger that's recognizably British, "Welcome to Sarajevo" hits with an impact that's not diminished by the fact that Sarajevo's uneasy peace has held.

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Michael Dequina

A documentary would have more powerfully captured the horror of the Bosnian conflict than this synthetic, if well-acted and -intentioned, drama.

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James Berardinelli

Welcome to Sarajevo isn't just the story of an outsider's perspective of the conflict; it's a compelling examination of the role the media played in reporting and shaping the average person's views of the war.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

However closely they mirror the real experience of Mr. Nicholson and others, some of the shocks here are too sadly predictable.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Good set-up; less pay-off than I'd hoped.

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Manu Gino
To get the story, they'll risk everything. Good Film! What "Welcome To Sarajevo" did was open my eyes and help me realize how fortunate I am.… More
Bruce Bruce
Don't let the year made scare you. From the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. One Hell of a movie. Shows actual footage of the massacre that went… More
Cynthia S.
Disturbing film documenting the death and destruction of a nation torn apart by religious differences. Some very disturbing scenes of babies and children caught… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Welcome to Sarajevo" is a frustrating, uneven and occasionally harrowing movie about a group of reporters covering the siege of… More
Jim Hunter
Journalists cover the war in Sarajevo. Michael Winterbottom's film has its heart in the right place. Attempting to expose the violence and atrocities of… More
John Ballantine
Winterbottom's Yugo docudrama is powerful and sheds a light on a very real crisis that continued to unfold at the time that the film was made. The chaos of… More