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White Oleander Reviews

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October 11, 2002
The film takes the materials of human tragedy and dresses them in lovely costumes, Southern California locations and star power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
Most of the darker parts of the book have been brightened up, making the movie feel shallow.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 12, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 11, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 1, 2003
The daughter's story is often haunting, but Peter Kosminsky's film . . . comes unglued because the mother is the stock psychotic villainess of countless Hollywood films.
October 25, 2002
'Synthetic' is the best description of this well-meaning, beautifully produced film that sacrifices its promise for a high-powered star pedigree.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
Rather than investigate the dire life of a teenage girl whose only female role models are atrocious human beings, White Oleander dubiously follows the formula of the female weepie.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2002
The melodramatic machinations of Peter Kosminsky's well-intentioned chick flick White Oleander don't exactly come as surprise or a disappointment, but it ultimately fails to live up to promise of its all-star cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2002
Feng-shuied into fabricated exactness at the expense of an organic authenticity.
October 10, 2002
It plays like a synopsis, jumping from scene to scene, grief to grief, and it doesn't let us relax into the various worlds it's creating.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2002
The estrogen overload damn near did me in.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2002
In the end, White Oleander isn't an adaptation of a novel. It's a flashy, star-splashed reduction.
October 11, 2002
This is a third-person story now, told by Hollywood, and much more ordinary for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
A movie that wafts in and out of clarity like a wavering transmission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2002
An Oprah Book of the Month gets the Lifetime Movie of the Week treatment in Peter Kosminsky's consistently hysterical White Oleander.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2002
Ultimately sacrifices nuance to tidy epiphanies about personal growth.
October 14, 2002
There's unfortunately too much story for too little film time.
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October 10, 2002
Features another Oprah heroine...who earns nobility and respect through contrived suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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