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The Flowers of War

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The film tells the story of an American (Christian Bale) who tries to protect a group of Chinese students and prostitutes from Japanese soldiers in 1937 Nanjing. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
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Sean Burns

May 03, 2015

A florid, melodramatic tear-jerker of questionable taste but undeniable emotional impact.
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Philip French
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August 05, 2012

It contributes nothing of value to an understanding of these events.
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Liam Lacey
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February 24, 2012

An unsettling mixture of spectacular brutality and sentimentality that might make even Steven Spielberg blush.
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Peter Bradshaw
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August 02, 2012

Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.
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Wesley Morris
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January 19, 2012

All Zhang's splendor does is foster cognitive dissonance in an audience.
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Richard Nilsen
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March 29, 2012

"The Flowers of War" seems like a pretty good film until you begin to think about it.
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Gary Thompson
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January 19, 2012

A strange hybrid of "City of Life and Death" and "Father Goose" that nevertheless, in the hands of Zhang Yimou, musters a few striking moments.
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Greg Quill
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February 23, 2012

The director's grip on the drama is often weakened by his penchant for creating spectacles.
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Graham Young
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September 12, 2012

The filming techniques cross Saving Private Ryan with Zimou's own Hero and other dynastic, martial arts-driven Chinese epics.
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Nigel Andrews
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August 02, 2012

Maudlin make-believe in which a molecule of fact has been dropped like vermouth into a martini ...
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Trevor Johnston
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July 31, 2012

Zhang's flamboyant camera choreography and diva-ish flounces of melodrama are vivid but misplaced.
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Tara Brady
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August 03, 2012

It can look tremendous, even if Zhao Xiaoding's hyper-stylised '90-retro cinematography sits uneasily beside relentless bloodshed and sexual violations.
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