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Seitz: Great Cast, Great Production Design. So Why Is Flowers in the Attic So Unsatisfying?

17 January 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Can we assume that an adaptation of a book that sold 40 million copies does not require a spoiler-sensitive review? We can? Good.   The new Lifetime film of V.C. Andrews's incesterrific novel Flowers in the Attic is a slight improvement over the 1987 version, yet still unsatisfying. This is maddening because it's a rare project that, at a production level, has everything going for it. The fifties set design and costumes are handsome and persuasive, but never so distractingly perfect that the movie turns into a vintage warehouse with actors. The photography, by Miroslav Baszak (Land of the Dead), has an almost tactile richness, with light shafts cutting through the gloom of the cryptlike attic where the Dollanganger children are held captive by their grandmother. Mario Grigorov's score is a resigned lament, mourning the cruelty and suffering you've seen and are about to see; then in tense moments it »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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