White Material Synopsis
A woman (Isabelle Huppert) struggles to hold onto her family's plantation amid a violent civil war.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Denis' viewpoint and sympathies are sophisticated, complex and humane.
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Land reform but not in Zimbabwe

By yabbadabbamoo
When I first head about this movie I thought the filming location would be in Zimbabwe. Evidently, the movie was filmed in Cameroon although there is no reference to which specific country other than...

Absolute Worst Movie I Have Seen

By mr.doover
Just awful. My husband and I love foreign films and was looking forward to seeing this one. We both thought this one was terrible. No real story line and hard to follow. Save your time and your money....

Five Word Review

By klhoffberg
Worst meaningless annoying movie ever...