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White Man's Burden Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
A wierd and ungainly mixture of obvious racial issues and pseudo-action material.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
August 7, 2004
Doesn't go too far beyond the basic set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 24, 2003
The racial message is crystal clear and the concept of turning the tables on oppression is rather interesting. Unfortunately, the movie is never focused or convincingly solid to realize the cynicism in its meandering material. At best, "Burden" is merely
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Were it not for John Travolta's big-hearted portrayal of an unemployed white factory worker driven to commit a desperate act, the movie would be an emotionally frozen exercise in cautious high-mindedness.
| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
Manages to approach significant social issues, but falters in its melodrama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
Just when Travolta got his groove back..
| Original Score: 2/5
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A look at color relations that's likely to be more compelling for nonurban audiences than the latest take on drug dealing and gang banging in the 'hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Ramirez
August 31, 2001
Una sociedad en la que existe una raza dominante y una raza oprimida, casi como ahora, con la ligera diferencia de que ahora el racismo es al revés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
White Man's Burden spirals into tragedy but never into stirring drama. It stays stuck at the level of noble experiment.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There isn't much of a story in White Man's Burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
No one looking for an action movie is going to choose this one. Equally obviously, no one interested in a film about racial stereotyping in America wants to sit through chase scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's undeniably fascinating to watch this hypothetical experiment for a while. But White Man's Burden starts to feel like an only-passable Twilight Zone episode stretched into a full-length movie.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A ham-fisted, under-imagined dialectic on race relations.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
You can see the ideas behind White Man's Burden -- they just don't make it to the screen.
| Original Score: 2/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A 'what-if' racial story that doesn't pack a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
So simple, so broad are White Man's Burden's paint strokes ... that no real lesson outside of the obviously mundane can be elicited, and that's a real shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly lively and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A frustrating film with interesting ideas that never quite come together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Watching this movie is like watching Godfrey Cambridge's racial switcheroo in 1970's Watermelon Man -- without the laughs.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
A tightly constructed drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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