White Palms (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

White Palms (2007)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

White Palms Photos

Movie Info

Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start--only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils. Redemption appears in the unlikely form of Kyle, a troubled, young Canadian teen with the potential to become a world champion. The friendship and rivalry between teacher and student--each played by actual gymnasts--forms the basis of this gripping, resonant sports drama.


Orion Radies
as Miklos - 10 Years Old
Kyle Shewfelt
as Kyle Manjak
Silas Radies
as Miklos - 13 Years Old
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for White Palms

Critic Reviews for White Palms

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

Far from the uplifting sports pictures churned out by Disney, White Palms wallows instead in humiliation rituals, psychic scars and too much time-shifting.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

The term 'sports film' doesn't do justice to White Palms, a punishing, beautiful drama about a troubled 30-something Hungarian gymnast.

June 20, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The more riveting, grim storyline ... is seen in flashback to the early 1980s, as tween Miklos lives like his parents' show pony in an anxiety nightmare of nonstop humiliation, heightened here through haunting soundscapes.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

An uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented yet troubled gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past, White Palms proves a distinctive and absorbing third feature by Szabolcs Hajdu.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
Top Critic

Striking, deeply felt drama.

November 9, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Delivers all the familiar pleasures of a based-on-a-true-story sports drama.

September 23, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Palms

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

White Palms Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss White Palms on our Movie forum!

News & Features