In the Land of Blood and Honey Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • For the most part ... it moves briskly and easily holds your attention...

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • In the Land of Blood and Honey feels like the sober, hard-hitting work of a humanitarian.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • An ambitious if not entirely fully realized drama about the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Blood and Honey'' is both strong and headstrong, equally invested in grit and glamour with a hazy understanding of the line separating the two.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • [Jolie] has produced a sanctimonious vanity commercial for her own good intentions.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • A movie that is often harrowing, never less than intense but important, one unafraid of moments too many have chosen to forget.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The film may have more in ambition than it does in execution, but it deserves to be taken seriously...

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • It's impressively steady filmmaking for a first-timer, and a powerful, powerfully disturbing subject to take on.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This alternately disturbing and titillating picture reps a dramatically misguided attempt to renew public awareness of the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • A head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Breaks no fresh ground in the tradition of staid, grim war dramas from which it hails, but Jolie successfully capitalizes on a juicy premise.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • Although Jolie's good intentions are easy to admire, those characters are hard to believe, and the bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Soberly and elegantly shot.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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