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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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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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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 18, 2010
The chief pleasure of Claire Denis' work is that it's incomplete, at least in the sense that the audience has to be engaged in completing it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 18, 2010
This is a beautiful, puzzling film. The enigmatic quality of Huppert's performance draws us in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2010
An intense, mysterious drama exploring revolution and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2010
Almost everything here seems off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 16, 2010
[Claire Denis's] tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
A taut, unforgettable film.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
July 6, 2010
A powerful recognition of the continent's tragic present that focuses on a white plantation owner desperate to hold on to her land, despite roving militias and child soldiers.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 30, 2010
A mesmerising portrait of civil war, racial tension and one woman's resistance to change in an unnamed, French-speaking African country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5