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The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

September 20, 2012
As for Haneke's handling of the material, his directing is immaculate. Every moment is the product of a penetrating mind and a steady talent.
February 25, 2010
The White Ribbon is a stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 19, 2010
Writer-director Michael Haneke doesn't pull any punches, but then he doesn't throw any wild ones, either. His filmmaking shows precisely the sort of obsession with control that the movie itself is denouncing. Interesting, you've got to admit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 17, 2010
Haneke tells this tale a bit too patiently for my taste. But the metaphors are unmistakable, as is the power of the film's message.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2010
The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
January 20, 2010
The quintessential art film: slow, demanding, and rewarding for those willing to put forth the intellectual effort necessary to puzzle out its ambiguities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2010
I don't question Haneke's craft: it's his ideas that get under my skin.
January 15, 2010
There's no denying this is a coldly commanding tale in which Haneke's signature obsessions simmer quietly as subtext before bursting into the open in the final reels.
January 15, 2010
The film, even while drawing us into its creepy web, also disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 14, 2010
Haneke's success in maintaining tension is especially impressive in that he does it despite a loose narrative and the necessity of juggling a dozen characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 14, 2010
The ends remain loose in The White Ribbon. But that lack of closure is thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 14, 2010
Watching the daisy chain of events is akin to auditing a seminar on incipient fascism taught by a master filmmaker who speaks in a steely murmur, confident of his research.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 14, 2010
I wonder if Haneke's point is that we grow so disturbed by danger that we will surrender freedom -- even demand to. Do we feel more secure in an orderly state? Many do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 8, 2010
It's an M. Night Shyamalan movie with a PhD. Or maybe an MA.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 8, 2010
Its austere gloom feels oppressive and monotonous, undercutting its psychological impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 7, 2010
A severe and eerily beautiful German-language drama by Michael Haneke...
January 6, 2010
Set in a German village on the eve of World War I, The White Ribbon treats a dozen characters so coldly they could be rats in a maze.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2010
Shot with dry discipline in striking black and white, the deliberately paced, consistently unnerving film invites viewers into every corner of its town, from its stately manor to its humblest abode, finding in each an air of unease and discontentment.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 30, 2009
It's his best ever.
December 30, 2009
Though no violence worse than a slap is ever shown being committed, The White Ribbon is so steeped in the awful that the proper response is a shudder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 30, 2009
In crisp, painterly black-and-white, we see crops being gathered, snow falling on churches and homes, people gathered for school or Mass. What's not seen, not even to the characters, is their own undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
December 22, 2009
Don't let anyone tell you too much about this spellbinder from Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2009
The movie will haunt you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
December 7, 2009
This is among the most luminous and painterly of black-and-white films, but what's portrayed will shock or numb you.
November 13, 2009
It's [Haneke's] least aggressive and most mature film - a masterpiece from a director who is increasingly making a habit of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 11, 2009
Haneke (Code Inconnu, Caché) once more probes hidden evil behind apparently well-ordered lives.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2009
It's clear that this portrait of a sick society is meant to explain, at least partially, the horrendous war that breaks out at the very end of the film, and the fascism that quickly followed in its wake.
May 22, 2009
Immaculately crafted in beautiful black-and-white and entirely absorbing through its longish running time.
May 22, 2009
A frightening depiction of mortality.