The film swings from melodrama to sermonizing, both blunting the human drama that needs to come to the fore. show more
Ms. Weisz is always a strong presence, but her talents are wasted here on a naive heroine - the fictional Kathy is exceedingly slow to grasp the extent of the corruption - and a narrative style that turns the horror of the prostitutes' plight into harrowing melodrama. show more
The story, inspired by Bolkovac's experiences in Bosnia and her subsequent book account, is dynamite. Alas, Kondracki's direction fizzles. While she elicits a tense and eloquent performance from Weisz, the first-time filmmaker fails to maintain a consistent tone. Her film samples multiple genres. show more
Having been deployed to Bosnia in 1995, this film really hit home. I\'m probably a bit biased, but I though this film was outstanding - and I never grow tired of watching Rachel Weisz
This movie exposes the reality of the institutionalized hatred of women throughout the world. The scenes are so upsetting that they are traumatizing and leave a rather grim if not hopeless atmosphere to the notion of change in the world. The question of why men feel the reactive need to hurt and treat women as commodities is tragic at best. I give these women credit for staring this story but wonder the real value given the exposure of violence to the audience.