Dear White People


Dear White People

Critics Consensus

Dear White People adds a welcome new voice to cinema's oft-neglected discussion of race, tackling its timely themes with intelligence, honesty, and gratifyingly sharp wit.



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Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch." (C) Roadside Attractions


Tyler James Williams
as Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson
as Sam White
Brandon Bell
as Troy Fairbanks
Dennis Haysbert
as Dean Fairbanks
Teyonah Parris
as Colandrea "Coco" Conners
Kyle Gallner
as Kurt Fletcher
Malcolm Barrett
as Helmut West
Brittany Curran
as Sofia Fletcher
Peter Syvertsen
as President Fletcher
Terry Hempleman
as Professor Bodkin
Naomi Ko
as Sungmi
Casey Millard
as Box Office Attendant
Avery Bilz
as Sophomore
Baratunde Thurston
as Newscaster #1
Craig Stepp
as Newscaster #2
Michelle Wong
as Newscaster #3
Nia Jervier
as Coco's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Dear White People

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (12)

  • As enjoyable and refreshing as it is, there's a certain bite lacking in the delivery.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • Here's a film that refreshingly acknowledges various elephants in cinema's crowded living room: racism, the interracial sex taboo and class war.

    Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The best moments get to the heart of Simien's thesis that what is supposed to be post-racial America isn't all that much different from what came before.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • A timely and important look at black identity and how it's informed by by stereotypes in the media

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

    Top Critic
  • Where it scores big is its wealth of ideas-visual, emotional, cultural-and its deep well of bitter, voice-of-experience rage

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even as the jokes cut deep, Dear White People doesn't hesitate to get real.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dear White People

  • May 18, 2018
    There will be haters, for sure, and the haters will be outraged whites complaining about "reverse racism" and other imaginary things like how "there is no racism in America anymore" - which is a pity, really, since this excellent satire should be dedicated to you, dear white racist.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2017
    I had seen the trailer before realising that the tv show on Netflix was based on a critically acclaimed film. The film is well crafted and actors breath life into each and every character, no character unnecessary. The film has a distinct tone and while stay with certain characters throughout, the shift from jokey happens swiftly and never returns, robbing the film of that key ingredient. The film is great but I couldn't hold the film to the heights of the critics, I agree the film has a filmmakers choice and voice but it hasn't hit that timeless factor. I may change my opinion of the film with time but at this stage it will be an interesting film that couldn't sustain the vision throughout, strong ending though. 26-06-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2015
    On an elite campus racial tensions cause a black student to infiltrate a white frat house. Energetic, politically significant, and delightfully witty, is Higher Learning and Do the Right Thing with a smirk. It's satire whereas the others were grittier dramas with satirical edges. The character-driven plot suffers a second act lull, and one plot point comes from nowhere, but the rest is fresh and interesting. In a Hollywood landscape where almost all the films about race are simplistic or insulting (2004 Best Picture winner Crash was both), this film is such a welcomed breath of fresh air that it's easy to forgive any of its flaws. Overall, director Justin Simien is a fresh new voice, and I can't wait for his follow-up.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2015
    A superb drama comedy that is affecting, truthful, funny, wise and satirical. Tessa Thompson and Tyler James Williams give brilliant performances and the script is sharp.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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