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Desert Flower

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The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to work in London, where a photographer (Timothy Spall) and an agent (Juliet Stevenson) turn her into a top supermodel.  
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Film Journal International
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August 15, 2011

This inspiring story of a nomad-turned-model is executed in the style of a made-for-TV movie.
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New York Observer

March 23, 2011

Waris Dirie is an inspiration, inside and out, and so is this movie.
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NPR
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March 18, 2011

The broad comedy clashes with the movie's final message.
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Seattle Times

March 31, 2011

Written and directed by German filmmaker Sherry Hormann, it works as well as it does because of the performances she's drawn from a solid cast.
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New York Times
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March 18, 2011

"Desert Flower," a well-made film that depicts the remarkable life of the model Waris Dirie, manages to be both a classic feel-good story and about as far from a feel-good story as you can get.
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Boxoffice Magazine
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March 22, 2011

A gripping, if uneven, cinematic journey.
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Slant Magazine
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March 20, 2011

The film's unabashed willingness to go from bleak topical piece on genital mutilation to guilty-pleasure glamour can be disconcerting.
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Oregonian
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March 31, 2011

Waris' saga is one that needs to be told, but this well-meaning dramatization might have had more power if it were a documentary.
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Common Sense Media
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April 11, 2011

Mature biopic has moving drama but lacks coherence.
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Back Stage
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March 18, 2011

A stirring story that mixes personal horror, courage and eventually triumph.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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March 31, 2011

It has a compelling message and surrounds it with biopic scenes that appear to be brought in from a different kind of movie. The effect is rather unsettling.
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New York Post
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March 18, 2011

Good idea, mediocre presentation.
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