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White Material Reviews

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Louis Proyect
December 10, 2010
Despite its "postcolonial" reputation, this film does not allow a single African--especially the most important character--to have a single important speech. The rebel soldiers function mainly as zombies breaking down plantation doors to kill people.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 9, 2010
It wallows so deep in the mud of its anti-colonial, anti-empire, western decadence sentiment it never comes up for air and slowly drowns upon arrival at its obvious destination.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 9, 2010
A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 7, 2010
Possesses a defiant, exhilarating life, a testament to its peerless crafts(wo)manship and its uniqueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010
Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, "White Material" is an altogether stunning work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 1, 2010
A visually ravishing, structurally beguiling portrait of post-colonial race-conflict as a hallucinatory apocalyptic dream.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 1, 2010
One of the most essential films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 30, 2010
The urgent hopelessness of this dark and meaningful work is striking from the very start.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 28, 2010
Leaves you feeling uneasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 23, 2010
Denis builds tension, pathos, and irony in this allegory of the continent's tragic past and the present-day consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marcy Dermansky
November 21, 2010
Watching White Material is in no way a passive experience. Denis has made a powerful, engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
November 19, 2010
All of these elements contribute to a certain feel and mood in the film; they give it a pure, physical, bodily quality. Denis never films in front of a place; she films inside it... the land is the source for everything.
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
November 19, 2010
The role of Maria fits Huppert like a glove, and she's amazing in it - her physical slightness only serves to heighten the strength of Maria's will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
November 19, 2010
The films of the masterful French director Claire Denis often brilliantly portray the true complexity of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
November 19, 2010
The movie achieves an eerie, transfixing power as the stubborn Maria tries to preserve her way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
November 19, 2010
It's a disorientingly beautiful movie at times, which promises -- as Denis always does, I think -- that human madness and human love will balance each other out, in the fullness of time.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 19, 2010
Fails in not indicating motivations, in leaving relationships fuzzy, and in having center Maria oblivious to the colossal ills that surround her but of which she partakes, as well.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 19, 2010
'White Material" unites France's most precious actress, Isabelle Huppert, with one of that nation's leading directors, Claire Denis. The result is as impressive as one would expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2010
Its dramatic vexations are at war with Denis' prodigious visual skill. And the fight, ultimately, rewards the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 18, 2010
A striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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