White Bird in a Blizzard Reviews

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March 6, 2015
Shailene Woodley stars in a mystery thriller/coming-of-age drama that earns its third star from a kicker of a twist ending.
March 6, 2015
Is cinema broken? How is that a film by a director as significant as Gregg Araki ends up with such a tiny release? And an excellent film, at that?
March 6, 2015
Araki has a habit of slowly fading from one scene to the next, perhaps in an effort to create a brooding atmosphere, but it's just plain soporific and the occasional bit of dry comedy offers scant relief.
March 5, 2015
The film is uneven, but it's fairly effective as a portrait of sexual awakenings during adolescence, even if there's nothing in it that you haven't seen before.
March 5, 2015
Not unlike most teenagers, it's a bit strange but a lot deeper than it looks. And it knows how to keep a secret.
March 5, 2015
The film falls to pieces at the end, but this is a watchable, well-acted drama, and Woodley gets better and better.
March 5, 2015
A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there's plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green's Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady.
March 5, 2015
An absorbing portrait of a woman, Gregg Araki continues to play exquisite corpse with film form.
March 5, 2015
There's an unusual honesty to this film, which is an odyssey into the inner life of a teen girl...
March 5, 2015
Is this a coming-of-age story or a whodunit? This heightened, luxurious melodrama...makes you wonder if the two genres are quite as different as you first thought.
March 2, 2015
Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki's best work, but there's more going on here than immediately meets the eye.
February 18, 2015
What's behind the surface of Araki's film is just more surface... little of its psychological explorations hold great weight.
January 23, 2015
When is a thriller not a thriller? When it gets mixed up with a slow-moving coming-of-age tale about an intensely uninteresting teenager.
January 1, 2015
This is an interesting story. Not a lot happens in this plot, but the characters are so well-drawn and the performances are so good, that it was a pleasure to follow this story to its conclusion.
November 27, 2014
White Bird in a Blizzard is based on the declamatory 1999 novel by Laura Kasischke, and is adapted to film in a more surreal way than the novel by the flamboyant Araki.
November 25, 2014
"A melodrama about numbness and detachment, writer-director Gregg Araki's adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel is a paradox on paper and an anesthetized dud on screen."
November 24, 2014
'You scratch the surface and there's just... more surface', Kat intones at one point. Well, quite. But it's an enjoyable surface to scratch.
November 20, 2014
"White Bird in a Blizzard" lingers in the mind long past its conclusion, a coming-of-age mystery with a dynamic lead heroine and an oddness that never loses sight of its resonance.
November 20, 2014
Green in particular seems to be channeling the bride of Frankenstein for half her scenes. It's an awkward mix of styles, and it doesn't work.
November 12, 2014
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