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White Material Reviews

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Robbie Collin
News of the World

It's impossible to get a handle on Isabelle's reasons for standing up to the rebels. And no matter how smoothly shot the film might be, that's a problem.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

June 30, 2010
Anthony Quinn

The director Claire Denis shuffles timeframes to no great purpose, though her real error is failing to spot the insoluble contradiction in Huppert's character: how can a woman so resourceful be so blind to the realities around her?

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

July 2, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's one of those movies where questions like "Why didn't they do that?" or "Wait, what's their relationship?" keep popping up. And for the most part, those questions never get answered.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2010
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews

While we get the idea Denis knows what she's doing with the metaphor of racial recompense in her movie, whether or not she "gets" the idea of fleshy, full-bodied characters grounded in a sense of viewer compassion is still up in the air.

Full Review Source: Frank's Reel Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Almost everything here seems off.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Fails in not indicating motivations, in leaving relationships fuzzy, and in having center Maria oblivious to the colossal ills that surround her but of which she partakes, as well.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 19, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It wallows so deep in the mud of its anti-colonial, anti-empire, western decadence sentiment it never comes up for air and slowly drowns upon arrival at its obvious destination.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: D

December 9, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

Denis' elliptical narrative avoids politics. This siege tale ignores the details of colonial life to gloss its chaotic collapse. Her equanimity is tiresome.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 17, 2010
Louis Proyect

Despite its "postcolonial" reputation, this film does not allow a single African--especially the most important character--to have a single important speech. The rebel soldiers function mainly as zombies breaking down plantation doors to kill people.

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December 10, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Some will find White Material's puzzlements evocative. Others -- including yours truly -- will leave irritated and unfulfilled.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2011
Jenny Munro
The Skinny

Richly textured visuals and exquisitely maintained tension highlight Denis as a filmmaker completely in command of her craft.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2010

The urgent hopelessness of this dark and meaningful work is striking from the very start.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 9/10

November 30, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...the film is as mesmerizing to watch as it is hopeless to draw deeper meaning from.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

December 17, 2010
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

Huppert is a magnetic presence in a film that sometimes conjures up the atmosphere of Walkabout or Aguirre, Wrath of God, as primal, almost elemental forces seem to bear down upon its protagonists.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette unsettling, harrowing look at the self-delusion of a colonialist who's convinced that she has become fully integrated into the country - and the family - she's occupied.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

January 16, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a beautiful, puzzling film. The enigmatic quality of Huppert's performance draws us in.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Its dramatic vexations are at war with Denis' prodigious visual skill. And the fight, ultimately, rewards the viewer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2010
William Goss
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A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.

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April 14, 2011
Leo Robson
Financial Times

It is Denis' gift to make us care about her perverse or irrational characters without resorting to obvious coercion.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2010
Lee Griffiths
Little White Lies

Another solid entry in the Denis resume.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2012

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