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White Material Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 16, 2011
Unsentimental, brutal, and beautiful, (the film) is a harrowing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 30, 2011
a difficult film, and one that sticks with you, pestering you with its unresolved tensions
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
April 14, 2011
A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.
Eric Melin
April 11, 2011
Director Claire Denis is known for her vivid snapshots of contemporary culture and White Material is shot with an immediacy that's hard to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
If you think you're going to get a simple anti-imperialism message from French director Claire Denis, you've got about seven other things coming. Her movies defy expectations all the way down the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 25, 2011
Claire Denis' harrowing "White Material" centers on a family that feels inextricably bound to a country that does not want them anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 11, 2011
The ending is a cop-out, and the viewer is left unfulfilled. The main reason to buy a ticket is for Huppert's mesmerizing performance. She is one of France's greatest actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 11, 2011
Some will find White Material's puzzlements evocative. Others -- including yours truly -- will leave irritated and unfulfilled.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 4, 2011
Vial is presented as a complex character who feels she's been backed against a wall, and on the one hand we can see where she's coming from, but on the other hand we might think she's just nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2011
White Material is unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews
January 17, 2011
While we get the idea Denis knows what she's doing with the metaphor of racial recompense in her movie, whether or not she "gets" the idea of fleshy, full-bodied characters grounded in a sense of viewer compassion is still up in the air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 16, 2011
...an unsettling, harrowing look at the self-delusion of a colonialist who's convinced that she has become fully integrated into the country - and the family - she's occupied.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
January 14, 2011
A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 13, 2011
A powerful commentary on the heart of darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 6, 2011
A poignant, haunting study of well-intentioned but doomed folly, embodied by a heroine whose bravery renders her blind to the world that is crumbling around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 17, 2010
...the film is as mesmerizing to watch as it is hopeless to draw deeper meaning from.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2010
It's one of those movies where questions like "Why didn't they do that?" or "Wait, what's their relationship?" keep popping up. And for the most part, those questions never get answered.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2010
This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 17, 2010
It's challenging and it will make you think.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2010
Enigmatic, elliptical but visually powerful, Claire Denis' film plays chronological hopscotch with events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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