‘Petals On The Wind': More Twisted Than ‘Flowers In The Attic’?

Mon, May 26, 2014 4:00pm EDT by 25 Comments

Off the heels of the success from Lifetime’s ‘Flowers In The Attic,’ sequel ‘Petals On The Wind’ premieres on Monday, May 26. Is it just as twisted as the first film?

We’ve taken to the industry’s critics to see if Petals On The Wind is worth tuning into this Memorial Day weekend. Keep reading to see what the experts have to say — is it the perfect guilty pleasure? Plus, click to WATCH the insanely dramatic trailer!

‘Flowers In The Attic’ Sequel ‘Petals On The Wind’ Premieres On Lifetime

Lifetime’s Flowers In The Attic shocked viewers with its twisted family drama, to say the least. Now, the kids are all grown up and they’re speaking their minds and taking on even more salacious sex scenes. Think pregnancy, a miscarriage, marriage propsals, domestic violence and a car accident. Yep, it’s that kind of crazy.

Heather Graham returns as Corrine Winslow and is joined by Pretty Little Liars‘ Wyatt Nash, Once Upon A Time‘s Rose McIver and, of course, the ever-so-evil Ellen Burstyn.

So is the sequel just as insane, as the first soapy smash? See what the critics have to say!

‘Petals On The Wind’ — Just As Twisted As ‘Flowers In The Attic’?

Variety

“Hitting the air a mere four months after Lifetime scored a ratings bull’s-eye with guilty pleasure literary adaptation “Flowers in the Attic,” sequel “Petals on the Wind” certainly looks and feels like a rush job, but nevertheless improves on its predecessor in nearly every way. Where “Flowers” was airless and po-faced, “Petals” is manic and sudsy, speeding through a treasure trove of sleazy plot twists like CliffsNotes on crack. No one’s going to mistake this for high art, but as enjoyably trashy TV goes, “Petals” is more artful than it needs to be.”

Cinema Blend

“On the bright side, as was the case with the new adaptation of Flowers in the AtticPetals on the Wind does make a strong effort to capture the source material…But the pacing is rushed and jerky, and the jump forward doesn’t allow us much time to re-immerse ourselves into the story or get to know these characters ten years after the events of Flowers in the Attic.  

A.V. Club

“When Lifetime took a chance on an adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ modern Gothic novel Flowers In The Attic earlier this year, it ended up with an oddly subdued take on the inherently pulpy premise. Though the execution was hit-and-miss, the ratings were a smash for the network—over 6 million viewers…Ellen Burstyn (who singlehandedly dragged the previous effort into interesting territory) lights up every moment of screen time she can get her hands on; Grandmother may be infirm but she’s no less damaged or blisteringly dry. As Corrine, Heather Graham continues in a performance that’s become an accidental masterpiece of performative blankness, studded with bursts of overt hostility and occasional guilt, and delivered in a hypnotically practiced cadence.”

Petals On The Wind premieres May 26 (9/8c) on Lifetime.

HollywoodLifers, will you be watching? Let us know!

– Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Tom

Posted at 11:10 AM on May 29, 2014  

I read Flowers in the Attic, but didn’t go on to the rest of the novels. We really did enjoy Petals on the Wind. It was, well “twisted” and the acting was excellent. A great movie.

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Lola

Posted at 11:48 PM on May 28, 2014  

I AGREE w/the majority! EXCELLENT MOVIE! Loved Petals. See I didn’t read the books either, so not knowing what to expect… I’m sure made it better than great. Love seeing OUAT’s Tinkerbelle playing Kathy! Don’t be so hard on a made for TV movie. Someone compared these to the big screen Twilight series- and that’s ridiculous.

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prim

Posted at 10:59 PM on May 28, 2014  

GREAT MOVIE! I’m glad I didn’t read the books ;) Thanks Lifetime! I watched both back to back & thought Petals was excellent. Hoping they finish the series too!

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Hollie Lucky

Posted at 12:36 AM on May 28, 2014  

I was very disappointed. The movie didn’t follow the book! The first movie did!!!! The acting was bad in my opinion and Cathy’s feelings and emotions weren’t portrayed like in the book. Petals on the wind was my favorite book in the series and yet I was disappointed because so much was left out. If your going to make a movie…, make it right! If it needs to be three hours long… So be it!!! It was rushed :(

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tony

Posted at 9:39 PM on May 28, 2014  

Doubt you turned the movie off. See lots of ppl especially us guys didn’t read the books growing up. I liked the movie & wouldn’t want the producers to back off the series because of whining type comments like yours. If I was you; I wouldn’t watch anything that was once a book- made into a movie. Stick with novels and keep your TV off.

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Martyna

Posted at 6:52 PM on May 29, 2014  

Yep i agree. Movie wasn’t bad but but it was rushed and Cathy’s emotions changed so fast she was sad about her sister dead and next scene she was happy flirting with Bart , i also agree that movie should be longer and the most dissapointed was that Paul died in the beginning, when in the book he was one of the most important characters.

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Mags

Posted at 5:22 AM on May 31, 2014  

In a weird way, I kind of appreciated the differences between the book and film. I had read flowers a while back and read petals about 2 days before the film came out to compare. The book was excellent and one of the most non traditional piece of text I ever read. The film, while leaving a TON of stuff out, still kept me enthralled and if possible, left me with a happier feeling. Especially with the character of Chris. Those who have read the book, hopefully know what I mean cause I dont want to be a spoiler.

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dawn

Posted at 7:52 PM on May 27, 2014  

I did like Petals on the Wind better than the FITA movie. Probably because lifetime worked a bit more of the books’ story in it. They still left out a lot though. If you haven’t read the books It would be tough to follow. I’m hoping they go through the series… looking forward to If There Be Thorns. I’d be uncomfortable watching either with my brother, lol!

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dawn

Posted at 9:48 PM on May 27, 2014  

btw, yep it was more twisted!

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Kellie

Posted at 5:04 PM on May 27, 2014  

The movie was HORRIBLE. Nothing like the book. The only reason I was so excited to watch this movie was because I had actually read the book. I was disappointed within the first 5 minutes and turned the movie off. They didn’t alter the twilight movies when they made them, lol.. they shouldn’t have altered this!!!

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tony

Posted at 9:48 PM on May 28, 2014  

Doubt you turned the movie off. See lots of ppl especially us guys didn’t read the books growing up. I liked the movie & wouldn’t want the producers to back off the series because of whining type comments like yours. If I was you; I wouldn’t watch anything that was once a book- made into a movie. Stick with novels and keep your TV off.

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Mel Rose

Posted at 3:16 PM on May 27, 2014  

This movie was just ridiculous and the Flower’s movie with Heather Graham was really bad too. The original with Victoria Tennant and Louise Fletcher was much much better. Too bad those actresses did not consider returning. I give it a D

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tony

Posted at 10:54 PM on May 28, 2014  

Doubt you turned the movie off. See lots of ppl especially us guys didn’t read the books growing up. I liked the movie & wouldn’t want the producers to back off the series because of whining type comments like yours. If I was you; I wouldn’t watch anything that was once a book- made into a movie. Stick with novels and keep your TV off….
comments like yours will put a stop 2 the series

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dunjav2013

Posted at 2:58 AM on May 27, 2014  

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Laura

Posted at 1:32 AM on May 27, 2014  

The movie was so good but twisted beyond belief. I didn’t read the book so I had no idea the movie would be the way it was. WHOA!

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Josh

Posted at 12:58 AM on May 27, 2014  

Horrible, I loved these books but this movie was terrible.

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Christy

Posted at 9:20 PM on May 26, 2014  

Is anyone having trouble watching it on the Lifetime channel? Because the channel has been blank the whole time.

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Nikki

Posted at 8:35 PM on May 26, 2014  

I am anxious to see this movie too as I read the books but I’m not thrilled that its 10 years later. The kids were found by the Dr where they lived. That’s where it should start like w the book.

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Posted at 7:19 PM on May 26, 2014  

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Erica

Posted at 5:35 PM on May 26, 2014  

I can’t wait to see this tonight, it’s gonna be good.

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Posted at 5:15 PM on May 26, 2014  

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Allison

Posted at 5:05 PM on May 26, 2014  

I’m so excited for this movie can’t wait just a few more hours

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Nancy

Posted at 5:03 PM on May 26, 2014  

I think petals on the wind will be more twisted. I can’t wait till it’s on. I got 4 more hours before it comes on here. I’ll be watching.

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ladyluck527

Posted at 4:24 PM on May 26, 2014  

I’ll be watching

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Bad Kitty is back

Posted at 4:16 PM on May 26, 2014  

I have read both books, and to be honest, weather or not it is any more twisted, remains to be seen. I just wanna see the movie !!!
The cast rocks, and love Ellen for her casting in this ! She rocks ! :)

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