White Elephant Reviews

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Mark Asch
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
A wellconstructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
April 24, 2013
A harrowing but overall enjoyable watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Sam Adams
AV Club
March 28, 2013
[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Gallagher
The List
February 22, 2013
Trapero's film examines the real cost of a life of faith - the servanthood and the sacrifice - and is itself a long dark night of the soul, offering much to contemplate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2013
An old-fashioned but satisfying drama.
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 24, 2013
'White Elephant' throws us into the fray of an urban slum without in any way demonising or romanticising the theatre within which Trapero's meandering story unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 3, 2013
Produced on a grand scale, this powerhouse of a movie recounts a true story with skill and artistry, highlighting an extremely volatile situation and the brave people who put themselves in the middle of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 25, 2013
The film tries to do too much and its power is on a sliding scale downward, but at times it is ultra-vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 25, 2013
[A] potent drama about the lawless slums of Buenos Aires - it feels like The Mission with all exoticism firmly excised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
The material is familiar, but the milieu is vividly realised ...
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 17, 2013
Writer/director Trapero arguably crams too much into the film's running time, but potent turns and Michael Nyman's yearning score are among the compensations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 21, 2012
For all the competence and strength of Trapero's direction, the film is not as powerful as it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2012
Michael Nyman's sweepingly majestic score lends an epic dimension, which feels right alongside the straight-forward passion depicted by an evenly balanced, top-drawer cast.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2013
There's a lot to think about - sacrifice, faith, poverty and much more - but it all feels too crammed into its running time, and is delivered in an uninspiring fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 26, 2013
The drama is intense but fractured as Trapero shows how millions of poverty-stricken people live in his home country, and how a few brave people attempt to do something about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
May 24, 2012
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 24, 2012

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May 23, 2012
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