• Released
  • March 18, 2011
  • (Limited 3/18)
  • R , 2 hr 0 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
Desert Flower Synopsis
Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) escapes the horrors of Somalia to become a supermodel.
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Critic Ratings

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Desert Flower tells a rags-to-riches story, but it plays like two stories in conflict. Everything involving Waris in Africa or in London...
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

By Richard Mowe
The film proves a gripping, if uneven, cinematic journey.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message: that 6,000 girls face genital mutilation every day.
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60

Village Voice

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Luckily, her cast makes up for the lapses, and Kebede is especially effective at showing how triumph over culturally sanctioned brutality...
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
A lovely performance by Ethiopian supermodel-actress Liya Kebede as supermodel-activist Waris Dirie works wonders to elevate this uneven,...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Suffers from a lack of focus and a sitcom script.
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40

Time Out New York

More earnest than agile, the whole thing smacks of heavy-handed authorial jiggering-never mind that it's based on a true story.
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Not To Be Missed!

By the24keysoflicorice
Desert Flower is a very powerful true story that National Geographic has presented very tastefully to the public. It is truly one movie which should not be missed. Every woman should make an extra...

More Info

Rated R | For some violent content, a scene of sexuality and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence.
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