100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a portrait, by turns chilling, thrilling, mysterious and terrifying, of a woman who refuses to be terrorized.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
French mood-and-feeling master filmmaker Claire Denis returns to the Africa of her youth for an intense, mysterious drama exploring revolution and loss.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a beautiful, puzzling film. The enigmatic quality of Huppert's performance draws us in.
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Yet in the end it's less the climactic madness and mayhem in White Material that sear the memory than it is the silent, balletic creep of child soldiers, grabbed out of school and sent with machetes and rifles through a forest to exact revenge for decades of repression.
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
With Huppert as her paradoxical lightning rod, Denis courts class and colonial tensions until they fly apart in the last moments of the film.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Denis creates the threat of imminent danger through stillness and austerity rather than action. She's helped immeasurably by an astringent, fully committed performance from her leading lady, a gaunt, impossibly resolute Isabelle Huppert.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As Claire Denis' stunning new movie reminds us, she expects a lot of her audience but gives considerably more in return.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What sustains the film is its tone of almost hallucinatory foreboding. White Material isn't about the calm before the storm but the seconds before the deluge.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Denis' viewpoint and sympathies are sophisticated, complex and humane.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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