• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2014
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    Flowers, both the book and the new movie, is completely absurd--if you want to gauge the absurdity, just know that one of the darkest secrets in the narrative involves a doughnut--but somehow also psychologically coherent. It has a grip.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    A sharper creepy TV movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 21, 2014
    67
    If you dwell too much on the plot, you’ll fall into a chasm of disbelief.... Flowers doesn’t look like a Lifetime film, and that’s a compliment. The production moves at a brisk pace, and unlike the children’s predicament, never feels claustrophobic.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 16, 2014
    67
    The whole enterprise is alternately laughable and affecting without committing the eighth deadly sin of being boring.
  5. Reviewed by: Genevieve Valentine
    Jan 16, 2014
    67
    Perhaps, because it was unwilling to risk becoming camp, this Flowers can’t achieve the necessary passion, either--Corinne’s viciousness is lost in the shuffle, and volatile Cathy and confused Christopher remain sketches of real characters, whose love never becomes the lifelong connection that takes them by surprise and desperately rushes them toward freedom.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 17, 2014
    63
    Despite the seemingly substantial production budget, there are moments of howlingly bad special effects.... But the real problem is the movie’s lack of lust.
  7. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 16, 2014
    63
    It does what it sets out to do: that is, adapt the book faithfully and still make an entertaining film.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 13, 2014
    63
    This tale of a twisted family’s misguided quest for love and money is still creepy and atmospheric enough to make for pulpy television fun.
  9. 50
    All the actors are spot-on, even ones who have just a few scenes. It's a pity Kayla Alpert's script and Deborah Chow's direction don't do their collaborators justice.
  10. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jan 17, 2014
    50
    Chow’s flat direction does little to elevate the action beyond the level of staged reading. It’s hard to fault the actors, although Graham seems unfortunately miscast in a role that requires a degree of coldblooded cunning she’s simply too sweet to pull off. Shipka radiates natural intelligence and poise.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    The performances are fine.... As a Lifetime Television Event--a sanctioned airing, projected into the living room, of some grown-up's version of Flowers in the Attic--that context [of the book itself being contraband] is gone. Completely. And so is most of Flowers’ strange, strange magic.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    Flowers in the Attic plays it safe and a bit boring. This is material that screams for a campy touch, but director Deborah Chow and teleplay writer Kayla Alpert tell the tale with mostly straight faces.
  13. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Jan 10, 2014
    42
    Flower's isn't a guilty pleasure, it's purgatory. [17 Jan 2014, p.63]
  14. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 21, 2014
    40
    V.C. Andrews’ popular and creepy 1979 novel “Flowers in the Attic” gets no favors from the scriptwriters in this latest adaptation. The reason to watch, even when you’re saying “Yeah, right” to what’s happening on the screen, is actors Ellen Burstyn, Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka.
  15. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jan 17, 2014
    40
    Lifetime goes there, then backs away from the issue immediately, making for some scenes that add nothing to the story but brief bouts of nausea.
  16. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 17, 2014
    40
    Teen sexuality is tricky subject material. Teen sexuality manifested in incest is trickier still. And the new Lifetime movie is not up to the job.
  17. Reviewed by: Meredith Goldstein
    Jan 17, 2014
    40
    Graham is so weirdly robotic as Corrine Dollanganger that it’s almost as if she’s doing an impression of an actress in a Lifetime movie.... Burstyn's scenes are compelling, even though she doesn’t have much to work with. The movie gets hard to watch when we’re stuck in the attic with siblings Cathy, Chris, Cory, and Cary.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    The film, adapted by Kayla Alpert and directed by Deborah Chow, captures only the faintest shadow of the book’s tone and ambience, so it’s left with the story, and that’s not a good situation.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 17, 2014
    30
    I'm not quite sure why this needed to be remade, but Lifetime's curiously inert adaptation of V.C. Andrews' twisted Gothic Flowers in the Attic at least gives Ellen Burstyn the opportunity to display her florid take on a classic Nurse Ratched/Baby Jane psycho character
  20. Reviewed by: Liane Bonin Starr
    Jan 17, 2014
    25
    Without the sex, we're left with a story that's all kinds of stupid and worse, dull.
  21. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 21, 2014
    20
    The problem is not that it's just terrible, but that it's also no fun. At all.
  22. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 17, 2014
    20
    Even allowing for the lowbrow standards that can paradoxically turn a Lifetime movie into a delectable piece of trash, this Flowers in the Attic is a remarkably weak effort.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 28, 2014
    10
    I have never seen the original 1987 movie "Flowers in the Attic", so I am not reviewing this title as a remake, but honestly, I just fell inI have never seen the original 1987 movie "Flowers in the Attic", so I am not reviewing this title as a remake, but honestly, I just fell in love with this movie, it is most wonderfully tragic & horrifying. Well acted, well written, & all in all one of the best movies 2014, & I have to say that "Flowers in the Attic" (2014 Version) has became one of my favorite movies of all time. Full Review »
  2. Jan 21, 2014
    0
    Definitely the worst show I've ever seen in my life. It's like what a bunch of diabetic grandmothers want to watch together on their deathbedsDefinitely the worst show I've ever seen in my life. It's like what a bunch of diabetic grandmothers want to watch together on their deathbeds while drinking grapefruit juice. Awful. Full Review »