The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
May 27, 2015
It magnetizes us through profound degrees of mystery, psychology, dramatic intensity and perceptive dialogue, and then still retains enough power after the closing credits to leave us in thoughtful contemplation of its more cerebral perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 24, 2012
After reflecting on the film awhile, I found that I had been drawn into its beauty and its mystery too much not to give it at least a slight recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 20, 2012
As for Haneke's handling of the material, his directing is immaculate. Every moment is the product of a penetrating mind and a steady talent.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2011
This film is a total drag to watch. It is slow. It is dark. It is depressing, and it seems as though it is never going to end. It is torture to sit through this film. It runs 144 minutes and seems twice that long.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's masterpiece. It is not a movie about abstract concepts or a director's power over his characters - well, at least it's not just about those things.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 7, 2010
Un inquietante cuadro social, filmado en riguroso blanco y negro, y una reflexión sombría y perturbadora sobre el origen del mal, o al menos de cierto tipo de males.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
The White Ribbon is a striking, in many ways indelible work, and it's tempting to be carried away by Haneke's craft and assurance as a filmmaker.
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
August 26, 2010
Up close, it's a blur of meticulous details that don't quite make sense; but step back and its towering ambitions become indelibly apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 17, 2010
A direct and simple human lesson -- that negative reinforcement creates negative consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 6, 2010
Haneke knows how violence seeps into every recess of our lives, and he evokes it not to titillate, but to engage and challenge
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 5, 2010
Both sexes suffer from what Elias Canetti identified in his book Crowds and Power as 'the sting,' a psychological hurt (bullying, abuse) that must be exorcised in reenactment. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 4, 2010
Haneke makes his way through this complex and knotty subject matter with a staggeringly effortless grace. As an expression of philosophy, it's profound and thought-provoking; as a work of cinema, it is flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
July 1, 2010
... while I appreciate... the unnerving atmosphere of punitive power and calculated cruelty under the carefully managed pose of piety, I find his sensibility sour and cynical...
Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
June 28, 2010
Executed at an incredibly high level of craft and with an off-putting degree of self-confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kate Jinx
Concrete Playground
May 25, 2010
As with most of Michael Haneke's films, a chill hangs in the air of The White Ribbon, the constant threat of upheaval eventually lulling you into a tired state of alertness.
Evan Williams
The Australian
May 10, 2010
Haneke has made a deeply unsettling and gravely beautiful film that tells us very little. But the performances are astonishing, and the faces of the children, caught in long, static close-ups, may haunt you for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 7, 2010
A tantalising, perhaps slightly frustrating film, but a very impressive one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 7, 2010
Unlike conventional thrillers, this film does not restore a moral order to the universe. Rather, it questions it. It must be seen.
Mary Colbert
sbs.com.au
May 6, 2010
At his best, as he is with White Ribbon, Haneke's fusion of art and ideas is unsurpassed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 6, 2010
These disturbing incidents pound the unsuspecting viewer into complete submission. The luminous beauty of the black-and-white cinematography framing the ugly world suggested here only serves to further shock the senses.
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