Black Butterflies Synopsis
Poet Ingrid Jonker grows up during the height of Apartheid in South Africa and searches for love.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
In its jagged style and tone Black Butterflies is as close to an inside-out view of Jonker's tumultuous life as a movie could go without...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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Paula van der Oest's biopic of South African poet Ingrid Jonker is conventional yet captivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead...
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through Black Butterflies.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Neither another bland biopic about a self-destructive artist nor an historical scrapbook about a country in the grip of slavery, Black...
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63

Slant Magazine

A reasonably sensitive and occasionally insightful look into the mind and psyche of an impassioned and deeply troubled artist.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Carice van Houten (Black Book) is superb as the emotionally unstable Jonker - all manically beaming highs and depressively gloomy lows, a...
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58

The A.V. Club

By Sam Adams
At least Black Butterflies gets the tortured-soul part right.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.
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50

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
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