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White Oleander Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A truly involving, well-written and entertaining film supported by excellent performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 30, 2008
Distinguishing it from Oxygen channel territory is its surprisingly hard edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
Lohman appears in nearly every scene and gives an assured, sympathetic performance as Astrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
The daughter's story is often haunting, but Peter Kosminsky's film . . . comes unglued because the mother is the stock psychotic villainess of countless Hollywood films.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 29, 2003
An emotionally powerful story with some electrifying performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 29, 2003
Almost turns human misfortune into a costume parade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 12, 2003
Like the titular flower of its title, "White Oleander", will sting your senses and turn you cerulean with feeling as its Petals of gorgeousness, and stems of the finest celluloid work its way into your system.
| Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Although its plot suffers from some plausibility issues, it shows that Kosminsky's style is certainly evolving into something worth attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
January 13, 2003
This soapy gem can be overlooked by the star-studded element that enhances the feminine message of misplaced empowerment. White Oleander is a cinematic flower that could use some more blooming but the scent is still pleasing enough to acknowledge
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Oppenheimer
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003
No matter how restrained the direction or unsentimental the performances ... there is no escaping the semi-trashy but oh-so-life- affirming ring of the plot.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 20, 2002
If the screen version of White Oleander was an Olympic event, it's hard to tell which of the movie's four actresses would end up winning the gold.
| Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2002
Pfeiffer is not an actress with much sense of mystery, so it's hard to swallow her dangerous mommy-mystique shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
November 11, 2002
The picture benefits greatly from a superb cast and merciless editing -it churns forward, jumping and jolting along, memorably echoing the upheavals in Astrid's life.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 25, 2002
'Synthetic' is the best description of this well-meaning, beautifully produced film that sacrifices its promise for a high-powered star pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 24, 2002
A broad, melodramatic estrogen opera that's pretty toxic in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 22, 2002
Feng-shuied into fabricated exactness at the expense of an organic authenticity.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 19, 2002
One of those films that has us choking back a derisive howl at all its platitudes about 'honesty' - because an honest moment is impossible to find.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 19, 2002
A smart, compelling drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 18, 2002
A little cleaned up and oversimplified. However, especially when it's focusing on the core mother-daughter relationship and L.A.'s foster mis-care system, the film is good, strong stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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