'In the Land of Blood and Honey' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   79 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    In the Land of Blood and Honey captures the sickening way the war in Bosnia became a gray zone of genocide. Yet that, unfortunately, is not enough to make it a good movie.
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    For the most part ... it moves briskly and easily holds your attention...
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  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Jolie's grasp of the material is confident enough to mean that her film never slows down, or loses its way.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    In the Land of Blood and Honey feels like the sober, hard-hitting work of a humanitarian.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    An ambitious if not entirely fully realized drama about the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Blood and Honey'' is both strong and headstrong, equally invested in grit and glamour with a hazy understanding of the line separating the two.
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  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [Jolie] has produced a sanctimonious vanity commercial for her own good intentions.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    A movie that is often harrowing, never less than intense but important, one unafraid of moments too many have chosen to forget.
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  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    The film may have more in ambition than it does in execution, but it deserves to be taken seriously...
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    The film does what all war films must, which is to reduce the incomprehensible suffering of countless people into the ultimate triumph of a few.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    "In the Land of Blood and Honey" clearly came from the same impulse that has led Jolie into so many humanitarian efforts around the world.
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  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The tendency that often sinks Angelina Jolie's performances -- overemphasizing certain naturalistic behaviors at the expense of well-rounded characterization -- more or less sinks her first film as writer-director.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    It's impressively steady filmmaking for a first-timer, and a powerful, powerfully disturbing subject to take on.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    The film's key twist seems a bit underdeveloped, but there's no avoiding the horror the film captures. Even in modern times, what monsters men can be.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Jolie has chosen a complex subject for her feature debut as a writer and director, and although not perfect, it's not for lack of trying.
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  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    This alternately disturbing and titillating picture reps a dramatically misguided attempt to renew public awareness of the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    A head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together.
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  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Jolie crafts a watchable, engaging drama set amid the Bosnian War, proof that she has paid attention during all of these years in front of the camera and has been able to translate that into some skill behind it.
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  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    75
    Breaks no fresh ground in the tradition of staid, grim war dramas from which it hails, but Jolie successfully capitalizes on a juicy premise.
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  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Although Jolie's good intentions are easy to admire, those characters are hard to believe, and the bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect.
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  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Soberly and elegantly shot.
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  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen.
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  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    There isn't enough context given to the overall conflict, and the love story feels increasingly myopic as the war drags on and the film's ambitions broaden.
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  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The most compelling, heartfelt movie Jolie has made in years. She isn't in it, but she's all over it.
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