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Review: The Flowers of War

“While both a brutal and beautiful motion picture (though it doesn’t quite manage to justify a running time of nearly two and a half hours), an aggravating thread of saccharine romanticism dilutes the impact of what is in fact, a horrific and unforgettable atrocity.”

The Flowers of War


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“While both a brutal and beautiful motion picture (though it doesn’t quite manage to justify a running time of nearly two and a half hours), an aggravating thread of saccharine romanticism dilutes the impact of what is in fact, a horrific and unforgettable atrocity.”

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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