The Flowers of War Synopsis
An American tries to protect a group of Chinese students and courtesans from Japanese soldiers.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It's a special film of sacrifice, redemption and hope in the shadow of a holocaust that packs an emotional wallop from which there is no...
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75

Movieline

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Bale's presence in the film is a kind of misdirect, a calculated element intended to better its international commercial prospects -- his...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Flowers of War is the latest movie focused on the Nanking atrocities. Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death'' was released in the United...
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63

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
That's not to say it's a bad film, necessarily. It's just not as good as it could have -- and should have -- been.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Affecting at times, but finally feels overblown and heavy-handed.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
While Bale speaks in an anachronistically modern American vernacular, the Chinese cast recite grammatically perfect, phonetic English so...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Now let me ask you: Can you think of any reason the character John Miller is needed to tell his story? Was any consideration given to the...
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Chicago Tribune

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When it comes to storytelling, Zhang Yimou's 19th feature is decidedly backward-looking: A lavish period weepie set against the atrocities...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The biggest problem, however, is the way Zhang romanticizes the unimaginably awful, turning gold-hearted prostitutes and virginal orphans...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
It's something you'd think only the crassest of Hollywood producers would come up with - injecting sex appeal into an event as ghastly at...
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The Flowers of War

By lgumtmer65
This was a hauntingly fantastic war movie which I highly recommend. It's definitely a must-see!...

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By Wasichued
To me it looks like a Chinese Sound of Music....

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By koutian1xiaotu
Strongly recommended!...

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Surprisingly great

By scbtnd
The movie is very well done. A little graphic but a compelling story. Must see.......

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Rated R | For Strong violence, including a sexual assault, disturbing images and brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Graphic rape and killing battle heroism and sacrifice.
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