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White Reindeer (2013)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 321




Movie Info

Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there's another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she works at the "girl club." In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful … More

Directed By:
Written By:
Zach Clark
In Theaters:
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Critic Reviews for White Reindeer

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3)

A film about grief and Christmas cheer that reveals a big heart without pulling its darkly comic punches.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Luckily, [Clark] has a cast that elevates the puerility into genuine pathos and absurdity.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Hollyman takes this woman's barely controlled dignity on a quietly brave, revealing ride.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The White Reindeer is a deliberately awkward little movie, and it's a hard one to shake.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A cool, kinky tale of sudden bereavement, sexual adventure and hard-won hope.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Clark rarely seems interested in anything that might be expected.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Top Critic

Features a nice lead performance... but flat and unimaginative stagings don't much help the argument that White Reindeer is in any way an artful metaphor.

Full Review… | December 25, 2013

... takes a satirical look at the grieving process and the perceived healing power of the season, while adding a few twists that are frequently shocking and hilarious.

Full Review… | December 20, 2013

Does the phoney joy and tacky commercialism of Christmas make you want to vomit? If so then boy, has Zach Clark made the movie for you

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Concrete Playground

A delight, with a sharp script of surprises and a finely bewildered lead performance from Anna Margaret Hollyman contributing to an amusing, vaguely horrifying journey into psychological paralysis.

Full Review… | December 18, 2013

White Reindeer is compelling in many ways...Unfortunately though, her story isn't fully rendered or realistic, playing the same note for too long.

Full Review… | December 7, 2013
The Playlist

It's technically a black comedy, but it's also an empathetic drama that takes its protagonist's subsequent mental breakdown with bewildering seriousness.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013

Likeably modest, White Reindeer is no-frills sitcom stuff, but its tartness can make you squirm deliciously.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

The result is at once Clark's finest and most emotionally direct film to date -- a mature, grown-up, abnormal character study that improves on the director's previous work while still feeding off the same recognizable worldview.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Paste Magazine

Dark as the coal in a stocking, this black comedy will appeal to those looking for a non-traditional holiday movie to (not) get into the spirit.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Film Journal International

That's the perverse Christmas miracle of White Reindeer: As outrageous as it gets, it almost never loses its exquisitely wrought tone of bittersweet melancholy.

Full Review… | December 3, 2013
The Dissolve

Audience Reviews for White Reindeer

'White Reindeer'. Three parts wickedly dark humour, one part emotional; a lovely take on grief. Hollyman's face conveys a lot!


Super Reviewer

Wow. What is there to say about this film. There's definitely competition between this, and Loveless Zoritsa for the worst film I've seen this week. I mean, what is going on in this film ? Her husband dies and she cries once, and seems to be okay with it. I wanted depression ! I wanted something out of this film that would touch me on an emotional level; explain the sorrows of losing someone. But instead, she starts hanging out with the stripper, Autumn (who later you find out is named Fantasia, which really, isn't much better), whom her husband cheated on her with. Why ? I have no idea. Then, she turns to burning all the money she has on clothes, and Christmas decorations, doing loads of cocaine with Autumn and her friends, and eventually, going to a sex party. The acting is horrid, even from the lead actress. Autumn, especially, was horribly acted. It was like a job done by a high school student. Don't see this film, it will frustrate you. There's no logical sense in the movie. Worst of all are the scenes in which the women do cocaine, and there are just white lights flashing. No idea what the effect is meant to symbolize, but it irritates your eyes to the point that you can't look at the screen anymore. It's funny that I'm criticizing the film, because it was one of my most anticipated at the festival. It didn't turn out the way it's synopsis described it, not at all. So my recommendation is to stay away from this one, because it's one of the most bland, boring, and worst films I've ever had to witness.

Anthony L.
Anthony Le

Super Reviewer

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