White Palms Reviews

Page 1 of 1
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
June 23, 2007
Far from the uplifting sports pictures churned out by Disney, White Palms wallows instead in humiliation rituals, psychic scars and too much time-shifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 20, 2007
The more riveting, grim storyline ... is seen in flashback to the early 1980s, as tween Miklos lives like his parents' show pony in an anxiety nightmare of nonstop humiliation, heightened here through haunting soundscapes.
October 27, 2006
Szabolcs Hajdu's White Palms gives more pleasure than ... a three-ring circus ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Boyd van Hoeij
August 25, 2006
An exhilarating, formally exciting sports drama as well as a telling look at North American society as experienced by someone who grew up behind the iron curtain.
Top Critic
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
June 20, 2007
The term 'sports film' doesn't do justice to White Palms, a punishing, beautiful drama about a troubled 30-something Hungarian gymnast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2006
Striking, deeply felt drama.
Top Critic
Eddie Cockrell
June 19, 2007
An uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented yet troubled gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past, White Palms proves a distinctive and absorbing third feature by Szabolcs Hajdu.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 20, 2007
A sneaky delight that glides effortlessly between the past and present without a single detour into either the uplifting clichés of American sports movies or the creepy voyeurism that sometimes attends films about young, well-built athletes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Delivers all the familiar pleasures of a based-on-a-true-story sports drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
Page 1 of 1