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The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

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Paul Chambers
February 10, 2010
Uninformative and frustrating tale of unrest in a pre-war German village. The ending will have you cursing the filmmakers on the way home...instead of asking questions about the subject matter. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
January 16, 2010
It's more of a work of highfalutin sociology than compelling cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 12, 2009
Another of the Funny Games auteur's unpersuasively rigid portraits of man's venality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
February 19, 2010
Its murky storyline, phalanx of hard-to-distinguish characters, and glacial pace leaves the impression that both Haneke and the Academy can do better.
Kit Bowen
The Movie Kit
January 31, 2010
Chalk up The White Ribbon as one of those German art films, in which the images are stark and minimalistic, the action languid and slow, and little to nothing is either revealed nor resolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 8, 2010
Its austere gloom feels oppressive and monotonous, undercutting its psychological impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Ward
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2010
The White Ribbon doesn't resonate at all. The filmmaker's doom-laden view of humanity -- that we are all unredeemably awful creatures, easily swayed to do dastardly things -- oozes with contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 13, 2009
While crisply shot and loaded with symbolism, chances are your intrigue will be snuffed out well before the credits eventually roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
November 13, 2009
Haneke... relies on intimidating us into submission with his supposed intelligence. But his superiority and sneering contempt is unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2011
This film is a total drag to watch. It is slow. It is dark. It is depressing, and it seems as though it is never going to end. It is torture to sit through this film. It runs 144 minutes and seems twice that long.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 13, 2009
There's no denying it's well crafted, but it's Haneke's silliest and least interesting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 28, 2009
A pointless, bloodless cinematic construct obsessed with man's capacity for cruelty...the equivalent of watching someone pull the wings off flies.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 28, 2009
Haneke doesn't deign to deliver the genre goods-resolution, catharsis, etc. That way he can crudely spell out his themes and yet still give the bourgeois audience the finger.
Armond White
New York Press
December 30, 2009
Think Children of the Damned, Children of the Corn, Children of Men. Think childishly in order to believe that Haneke's ripoffs of Carl Dreyer atmosphere and Ingmar Bergman sexual hysteria are at all original.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 8, 2010
It's an M. Night Shyamalan movie with a PhD. Or maybe an MA.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 11, 2010
Haneke has dramatized his intellectual conceits in an uninvolving, snail-paced movie that illustrates its themes in an obvious, almost banal manner.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 12, 2010
The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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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