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Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Yet this film, for all its apparent immediacy, winds up less affecting than a more poetic or roundabout approach might be.
  2. But bearing witness can be a complex thing and in its concern to illuminate Sarajevo is prone to overkill, to trying too hard to squeeze in every troubling wartime incident.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    The film's persistent skimming from one vantage point to another, with no dominant dramatic line until midway through, will unsettle audiences expecting a more regular construction and something on which to hook their emotions over the long term.
  4. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    60
    The war is not scanted: the devastation and butchery are there. But the screenplay by Frank Cottell Boyce, based on a non-fiction account by Michael Nicholson, is thin, sentimental. [29Dec1997 Pg. 28]
  5. 50
    It keeps the gag quotient lower than Reds but has a similar effect: more urgent in its desire to make us care about the events it depicts, it nonetheless reduces the war in Bosnia to mere scenery for the hackneyed journey of a world-weary journalist from cynicism to caring activism.
  6. 50
    The problem is that Winterbottom has imagined both stories and several others, and tells them in a style designed to feel as if reality has been caught on the fly.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 19, 2015
    9
    You see, this is the kind of movie that makes documentaries look even better. I mean the story was definitely OK, the casting of WoodyYou see, this is the kind of movie that makes documentaries look even better. I mean the story was definitely OK, the casting of Woody Harrelson and Goran Visnjic was great. It's like these roles were written especially for them. Woody is a great actor and I believe that this is one of the roles that catapulted Visnjic into the States... Full Review »