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The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

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May 6, 2010
These disturbing incidents pound the unsuspecting viewer into complete submission. The luminous beauty of the black-and-white cinematography framing the ugly world suggested here only serves to further shock the senses.
May 6, 2010
Far from enjoyable escapism, The White Ribbon is nonetheless utterly compelling and quite beautiful in its unsettling presentation of this prosaic evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2010
he White Ribbon is unsettling, disturbing and enigmatic; it's often horrifying and occasionally eerily beautiful.
April 24, 2010
As always, Michael Haneke ensures that no audience feels comfortable, using truncated scenes, incompletely framed shots, no underscore music as tools to create the tone and the sense of time and place
March 26, 2010
The White Ribbon is an austere allegory about a farming village and its inhabitants in Germany that can be interpreted as portending their future. In fact, it invites that interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
March 19, 2010
... a wonderful re-creation of a certain kind of old movie ...[a]deliberate evocation of antique strangeness ... like the much more playful work of Guy Madden
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
March 19, 2010
The White Ribbon is a captivating minimalist horror for about 100 minutes, but by the time the movie tries force its way into the historical context of WWI, it feels like bad history textbook fan fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2010
It is a striking-looking film, and Haneke expertly builds suspense. And yet it feels overlong and never generates the warmth needed to keep audiences involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2010
National Socialism: The Prequel.
March 19, 2010
The White Ribbon, disguised as a beautiful and affecting art-house film, is actually a vicious attack on the sort of fascism that rent the 20th century in two.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 18, 2010
The White Ribbon may be Haneke-light thematically but it is a great technical achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 18, 2010
Numbs deepest in suggesting the war and its aftermath fanned flames burning within. It's clear what '20s and '30s Germany will spark the fuse to after Haneke's shown us, tick by tick, the little bombs within little lives and little lies, black and white.
March 17, 2010
Disturbing and provocative shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 12, 2010
A disturbing look at the rotting heart inside a seemingly righteous patriarchal society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 9, 2010
I do think The White Ribbon is too long, but I also think it's one hell of a mesmerizing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2010
Haneke's implicit suggestion that the actions of this village reflect the ideologies that would propel the country through two world wars has apparently struck many as brilliant but seems merely facile to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2010
A typically engrossing mystery -- or should that be anti-mystery? -- from Haneke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2010
The ambiguous ending leaves the crimes and the dark happenings unexplained. The movie will remind you of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" (2004) and Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 26, 2010
...a powerful film which provides much food for thought while also proving a bit disappointing, particularly if you're already familiar with Haneke's predilection for taunting his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 26, 2010
The Oscar-nominated film may feature thoughtful material and some strong performances, but it starts so slowly and perplexingly that it may lull others to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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