Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 23, 2012
    The film is a deeply heartfelt experience that addresses the struggles of everyday people in a strange land most of us know nothing about. You will not go away unmoved. See it, and learn something.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 25, 2012
    The voices in Black Tulip declaim themes of renewed hope and freedom, while the plot's grand gestures too often fall flat.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 24, 2012
    Emphasizing local color but often unconvincing in its depiction of social customs.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 23, 2012
    Tulip has the conviction as well as the artlessness of a saber-rattling speech at a political fundraising dinner, one that preaches fire and brimstone to inflame the already converted. Those seeking a more nuanced portrayal of the challenges facing the country will be less satisfied.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 23, 2012
    The Black Tulip is noteworthy for its existence alone - and not, unfortunately, for much else.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 23, 2012
    There are good intentions here, but too little nuance.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 25, 2012
    The plot, however, comes with twists you can spot as far off as a Himalayan peak. The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 26, 2012
    Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.

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