Dear White People Reviews

July 16, 2015
Dear White People is less than the sum of its very polished parts -- a first feature that's just impressive enough to be frustrating.
July 2, 2015
Dear White People has its share of provocations about race but complex reality has overtaken its vision at a worrying speed.
November 6, 2014
Simien shoots satirical buckshot, missing as often as he hits, and the clunky framing device is pure amateur hour, yet he also displays an attention to character complexity that shows genuine promise.
November 3, 2014
A rickety contraption of issue-oriented talking points delivered by characters-centrally, four black students-who are constructed to fit the plot.
October 24, 2014
Sadly, Simien would rather introduce confrontational mischief than actually show his homework.
October 24, 2014
Simien draws strong performances from his talented cast and has a clean visual sensibility. But he's still sifting through the issues he raises and the movie suffers from his lack of conviction.
October 24, 2014
Often the characters are just standing around talking at one another. After too many scenes like this, the film begins to to feel like a collection of speeches.
October 23, 2014
Although the characters don't lapse into stereotypes, neither are they sufficiently funny or fierce to engage us in the issues they raise. The movie is a windy debate, the kind that is suited for the safe confines of a college campus.
October 23, 2014
For this sort of satire to land, it needs pace and energy that the oddly whispery "Dear White People" lacks.
October 21, 2014
Dear white people (and members of all other races), avoid this movie, as it doesn't do much more for race relations than Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac did for the issue of sexual addiction.
October 16, 2014
I nodded my head in agreement many times while watching Dear White People, but I can't say I was ever truly compelled by the story it tells.
October 16, 2014
Viewers will spend more time waiting for the next witty retort than feeling moved or challenged. Dear White People is not sure whether it's an essay or a film, which means it's not quite either.