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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 16, 2014
    88
    Despite the seeming inevitability of tragedy and despair, In Bloom remains true to its title. Though political and personal upheaval threatens to overwhelm them, Eka and Natia’s clarity and courage resist the ignorance, injustice, and rage all around.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 8, 2014
    83
    Keenly observed, geographically specific portraits of adolescence are always welcome, but there’s definitely something to be said for charging the genre’s usual tender lyricism with an ever-present threat of life-altering violence.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 19, 2014
    80
    In Bloom, whose title proves more and more ironic as the film goes on, is a fascinating snapshot of a country at war with itself (literally, eventually) as seen through the eyes of two teenage girls, whose lives are complicated enough as it is.
  4. Reviewed by: Oscar Moralde
    Jan 6, 2014
    75
    The foreclosure of possibilities provided by the use of the long take assists in the indictment of chauvinism and patriarchal brutality that underpin, directly and indirectly, many moments in the film.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 6, 2014
    70
    This adroit and understated coming-of-age film reminded me of the New Wave of Czech films in the 1960s, but with a distinctive poignancy that translates to wisdom.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 13, 2014
    70
    In Bloom feels, more than anything else, like a war movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jan 9, 2014
    50
    It’s appropriately weighty and filled with loss-of-innocence undertones and some fun cultural detours, yet the film’s odd flatness makes it hard to invest in.

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  1. Mar 2, 2014
    2
    This is one of the most boring movies I have seen in years. It portrays the bleak life of two early teen girls but lacks continuity and has almost no dramatic punch. I and the three friends with who I saw it all felt as if it was five hours long, not 1:40. We kept waiting to see where it was going and all concluded it went nowhere. Expand