White Oleander


White Oleander

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Strong performances by the lead actresses make White Oleander a compelling female melodrama.



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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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A drama which chronicles the life of Astrid, a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. Set adrift in the world, Astrid struggles to become her own person while coming to terms with the challenges of living life on her own.

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Alison Lohman
as Astrid Magnussen
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Ingrid Magnussen
Robin Wright
as Starr Thomas
Renée Zellweger
as Claire Richards
Patrick Fugit
as Paul Trout
Noah Wyle
as Mark Richards
Stephen Root
as Michael
Scott Allan Campbell
as Bill Greenway
Amy Aquino
as Miss Martinez
Marc Donato
as Davey Thomas
Leila Kenzle
as Ann Greenway
James Lashly
as Reverend Daniels
Kali Rocha
as Susan Valeris
Mark Soper
as Patrick
Liz Stauber
as Carolee
Elisa Bocanegra
as Girl in Fight
Sam Catlin
as Teacher
Sean Happy
as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
Myra Lamar
as Detective
James W. Lee
as Prison Visitor
Daniel Mandehr
as Dad at Auction Area
DeVonda Manghane
as Guard at X-ray Machine
Roger McIntyre
as Police Officer
Cathy Ladman
as Swap Meet Mother
Jennifer Saxon
as Swap Meet Daughter
Carl Sundstrom
as Police Officer
Kimo Wills
as Comic Book Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for White Oleander

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Audience Reviews for White Oleander

On a rewatch, not quite as good as I remembered, but still liked it. Interesting story about a poisonous mother and the harm caused to her teenage daughter, even while she's in prison after murdering an ex boyfriend for rejecting her. The movie follows Astrid as she is shunted from foster home to foster home, yet still unable to break away totally from her mother who "would rather see her in the worst type of foster hell" than living with a decent foster mother.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Really good and interesting story with brilliant performances.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Alison Lohman is not, in my opinion, the best choice for a protagonist for this one, but Michelle Pfeiffer's never blinking reptile eyes are just about perfect. The story is rather lackluster, but the acting power can be quite extraordinary when handled correctly.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


What happens to a teenager when her single mother is sent to jail for killing her boyfriend? She lands up in various foster homes and institutions. In this movie, we follow Astrid (played by Alison Lohman) through a number of different situations which seem to be Hollywood's answer to foster homes. The biggest issue Astrid has is her mother. We don't know if Starr actually cares about her daughter, or if she just want to raise Astrid in her image.

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