• Released
  • October 10, 2003
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Drama
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The Flower of Evil Synopsis
A man falls for the daughter of his stepmother, while the latter must deal with a political scandal.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Chabrol's filmmaking has rarely seemed more assured, elegant, and intelligent.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Stylish, ingenious and gleaming with charm, wit and malice, it's another expert blend of domestic drama and crime thriller, a vivisection...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The discreet stink of the bourgeoisie perfumes the wonderfully mordant, dry-eyed family saga, The Flower of Evil.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I feel such an affection for Chabrol and his work that I probably can't see The Flower of Evil as it would be experienced by a first-time...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Elaborately establishes a mood but fails to deliver a dramatic payoff.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
While it's not quite as satisfying as Chabrol's underappreciated "Merci pour le chocolat" (2000), it's still nasty fun at the expense of the...
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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
May not be everyone's favored bloom in the garden, but it is still a fine work on film.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
If 'The Flower of Evil' is not vintage Claude Chabrol, it's at least vintage mediocre Claude Chabrol.
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San Francisco Chronicle

You've heard this one before, and in an edgier way -- yet you still admire the old-fashioned storytelling.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Chabrol has been making and remaking this film for six decades now. He seemingly will never tire of explaining how tired he is of the petit...
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