Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
Watch On
  1. 88
    The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
  2. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    75
    It's a beautiful movie. Too beautiful for its own good, really.
  3. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Though carefully rendered from a historical perspective, this powerful account of female friendship and bonding under the most cruel conditions lacks the narrative focus and dramatic shapeliness to generate emotional excitement.
  4. Given the predictable scenario, this picture needs passion, and all it gets is his workmanlike precision. What he's constructed is worthy enough, and certainly navigable, but you need more than the bricks of craft to build a road to paradise.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    6
    With a lack of tension in the resiliency of the women, there is little in the way of overall tension nor, ultimately, point in their endlessWith a lack of tension in the resiliency of the women, there is little in the way of overall tension nor, ultimately, point in their endless suffering. Full Review »
  2. Jun 20, 2012
    0
    The only 'good' thing about this movie was the Vocal Orchestra that helped to uplift spirits on both sides of the war. This is a good movie ifThe only 'good' thing about this movie was the Vocal Orchestra that helped to uplift spirits on both sides of the war. This is a good movie if you want to cry for most of it. Not so good if you have to study it for English Full Review »
  3. JudeM.
    Apr 19, 2006
    8
    Immensely moved, especially by the fact that original scores which survived the camp were used for the vocal orchestra.