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White Material Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Film.com
April 14, 2011
A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
Movies.com
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
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
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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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 9, 2010
A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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