The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Reviews

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January 13, 2018
Suffice it to say that I don't understand the rave reviews that this picture received, and I was not a happy camper when I left the theater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2010
The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 16, 2010
It's more of a work of highfalutin sociology than compelling cinema.
January 8, 2010
It's an M. Night Shyamalan movie with a PhD. Or maybe an MA.
January 8, 2010
Its austere gloom feels oppressive and monotonous, undercutting its psychological impact.
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.
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 28, 2009
A pointless, bloodless cinematic construct obsessed with man's capacity for cruelty...the equivalent of watching someone pull the wings off flies.
November 13, 2009
There's no denying it's well crafted, but it's Haneke's silliest and least interesting film.
November 13, 2009
While crisply shot and loaded with symbolism, chances are your intrigue will be snuffed out well before the credits eventually roll.
November 13, 2009
Haneke... relies on intimidating us into submission with his supposed intelligence. But his superiority and sneering contempt is unearned.
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