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Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Charlotte Observer
MacDowell gives an uneven performance, as she often does, but Strathairn is ideally cast as the conflicted husband.
75
Miami Herald
It's that very savagery -- not its love-can-conquer-all theme -- that makes Harrison's Flowers worth picking.
70
The movie's still a solid "B," a workmanlike drama.
67
It's a chillingly cautionary tale. Less an anti-war than a pro-order film, it tells us that the veneer of civilization is paper thin.
63
USA Today
As far-fetched as it sometimes seems, the film resonates in the wake of the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
63
Baltimore Sun
Gets the hell of war right and struggles to depict the unyielding passion of love. But the two sides make for an uneasy mix, one that not even the actors seem comfortable with.
60
Making such a tragedy the backdrop to a love story risks trivializing it, though Chouraqui no doubt intended the film to affirm love's power to help people endure almost unimaginable horror.
50
New Times (L.A.)
The story's a trifle, but it's consistently edgy as the team stride straight into the middle of grisly violence so they can capture it on film.
50
Chicago Reader
It's ultimately a losing battle when the audience's lack of interest in eastern Europeans is assumed at the outset.
40
A premise so patently absurd, so implausible, they might as well have pitched it to the Oxygen channel.

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