In the Land of Blood and Honey


Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 19, 2011
    The most impressive thing about In the Land of Blood and Honey is that Jolie makes you feel it.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 22, 2011
    Kostic, a Bosnian actor who has done quite a bit of British film and TV, and the Sarajevo-born beauty Marjanovic make a combustible screen couple, and Jolie knows it. Despite the film's generally somber tone, there's more than a hint of "Night Porter"-style perversity to their relationship, which at different times is platonic, therapeutic and highly erotic.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 22, 2011
    It is how the film never loses sight of the closeness of the combatants, turning national intimacy into a tragic casualty.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 20, 2011
    Occasionally, the movie italicizes its points with heavy musical drones, but its tone is remarkably even and concentrated: It makes sense that Jolie excels at stewarding the scenes she usually tears apart onscreen: two people struggling in an emotional death grip, the camera up close.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 5, 2012
    Rather than a glossy, superficial movie-star vanity project, In the Land of Blood and Honey feels like the sober, hard-hitting work of a humanitarian.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 5, 2012
    Represents a brave undertaking on Jolie's part. It's impressively steady filmmaking for a first-timer, and a powerful, powerfully disturbing subject to take on.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 26, 2011
    Danijel, who cares for Ajla while at the same time carrying out his mission of ethnic cleansing, is the least fully explored character in the movie, which leaves a big blur at its core. Still, this is an impressive piece of work that doesn't flinch from the atrocities that no doubt motivated Jolie to make the film in the first place.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 12, 2012
    Where In the Land of Blood and Honey falls short, then, is in the story itself. Too many coincidences and, ultimately, too narrow a focus. But it is a genuinely noble effort, a worthy attempt to make some sense of the inexplicable.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 22, 2011
    Both Ms. Marjanovic and Mr. Kostic are very fine (like the rest of the cast they deliver their dialogue in Bosnian) and they navigate the contradictions of their characters' feelings, the flashes of hate, the surrender to desire, with delicacy.
  10. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 22, 2011
    All the components are there. No wonder In the Land of Blood and Honey is the most compelling, heartfelt movie Jolie has made in years. She isn't in it, but she's all over it.
  11. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 22, 2011
    In the Land of Blood and Honey is gratifyingly short on lectures and, interestingly, on history lessons.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 18, 2011
    Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 3, 2012
    With its broad strokes, this invitation to an important discussion is hard to ignore, but the blood and honey on the table is an unpalatable mix.
  14. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 19, 2012
    The bloody narrative has an oddly bloodless effect. But that's not surprising – not when a film is so eager to double as a lecture.
  15. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jan 12, 2012
    If viewers are left feeling just as impotent as many of the characters, that may be precisely what Jolie intended for a film that asks nothing more of its audience than to bear witness.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 5, 2012
    If her movie cannot fully resolve the demands of the love story with the horrifying particulars of the context, she's smart and honest enough as a first-time filmmaker to make "Blood and Honey" off-limits for those who prefer easy viewing. Even with a subject such as this.
  17. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 4, 2012
    I found In the Land of Blood and Honey to be moving and involving, but somehow reduced by its melodrama to a minor key. The scale of the ages-old evil and religious hatred in the region seemed to make the fates of these particular characters a matter of dramatic convenience.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 29, 2011
    At times, Jolie rises to the pulpit when she should stay on the ground. Her theme is too complex for her scattered screenplay to encompass. It's as a director that Jolie shines.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    For the trained or informed viewer the message becomes utterly
    predictable only after the introduction part of the story. After that
    it is
    For the trained or informed viewer the message becomes utterly
    predictable only after the introduction part of the story. After that
    it is highly insulting for the Serbs and all factually informed people
    who personally know about civil war, especially about that tragic
    region more than what the average Western viewer will ever be allowed
    to know via their usually available media sources that are not
    objective no matter how many times they are keen to repeat that fib.
    Seriously good acting and good standard directing for a cherry-popping
    movie for Jolie... I wish Angelina could have done it so much better
    and fairer with her not really informative story line in her debut that
    smells of dubious and occasionally even obvious subjectivity during her
    "research" period. On the other hand; if Madonna can get a Golden Globe
    for a song nobody really knows, I would not be surprised if she gets an
    Oscar for a movie nobody will remember. As long some positive PR spin
    done for US policy no matter how deeply stereotypically hypocritical it
    is. It's all a game for that part of that franchise; a cruel game of
    mirror-mirage distortion in pursuit of the Holy dollar no matter how
    dirty or otherwise contaminated the financier's banknote really is and
    where it is coming from. Really exposing debut for such a talented
    actress and director but from an unexpected and rather dark angle...
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  2. Jan 26, 2012
    Movie made from one sided view, without any desire to understand and explain to the viewers reality and tragedy of all sides involved in thatMovie made from one sided view, without any desire to understand and explain to the viewers reality and tragedy of all sides involved in that tragic war Full Review »
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Shallow and banal. Typical Hollywood version of a war. No wonder it has 3.3 on IMD. Rambo and James Bond movies are art for this peace of garbage that is directed by Angelina Jollie. Full Review »