The White Ribbon Synopsis
A river of malice runs through a German village just prior to the outbreak of World War I.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What makes The White Ribbon a big movie, an important movie, is that Haneke's point extends beyond pre-Nazi Germany.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The ends remain loose in The White Ribbon.’ But that lack of closure is thrilling. Haneke lays his movie and its mysteries at our feet,...
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

It's a superb cinematic work and an appropriately serious one, given its subject matter and its intentions.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is visually masterful. It's in black and white, of course.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This haunting film never pushes itself on you. It trusts you to suss out the horror that lies beneath the veneer of innocence. You'll be...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A severe and eerily beautiful German-language drama.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Shot in vivid black and white, the movie is like "Village of the Damned" directed by Ingmar Bergman, only without Bergman's intensity.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Unlike "Caché" and "Code: Unknown," where Haneke's investigations into societal and spiritual despair resonated with poetic force, The...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An artful examination of a small town and small-mindedness and the potential for full-blown, large-scale evil. But it's strangely bloodless.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Haneke's superb cast provide beautifully measured hints at the disconnect between the ribbon's symbolism and the entire town's unspoken...
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An Allegory for the Future of Germany

By Powerhugs
This film's setting was a typical small German town set in Pre World War I - perhaps the end of innocence in Germany...The town is very much a throwback to feudal times where the rich baron controls...

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By NEONCELES
I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE SEEN, IT'S SMART, INTERESTING, TOUCHING..DIFFERENT..IT MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT HUMAN NATURE....DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WATCHING WHAT EVERYBODY IS...

Terrible

By Tennis0118
This movie was very well done,but it was long(2 and a half hours), in black and white, and German subtitled in English. That pretty much sums it all up. Like torture... I was about to walk out of the...

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By fandecinema
This is a top " artes " movie which portrays with great details the german's children up bringing before WWI. Only a germanic person could gives us such an accurate perspective. in the context...

See this only if you have a brain that works.

By Lena12
Beauti**2**/ for those who want everything to be resolve at the end, but who want to understand and discuss the evolution of a culture. The more you reflect on what you have seen the more you...

In a word...ANITCLIMATIC

By joplinspig
It's deep, it draws you in, and you have to pay attention to small details. It does have a a very interesting story, and it can get creepy. Unfortunately, it doesn't supply you with any answers;...

Five Word Review

By dwayno
Artsy Anticlimactic Unentertaining Boring Dull...

Best Film of the Year

By MagnumPI5
A highly recommended movie. Exceptional on all fronts: acting, script, and cinematography. If it receives its proper due, it will be considered a classic in the coming years. The White Ribbon is...

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By diduljc
The movie was well made, directed, and the actors were great. However, the "plot" was awful and the movie left most loose ends untied. A very unsatisfactory movie. I would give it one star....

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By vernondozier
I never slept so deeply...

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Rated R | For Violence, Some Disturbing Content and Sexuality