75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
What the movie cannot take from the book is its dreamily descriptive prose and interior monologue. Perhaps because of that, the movie changes the focus from Ingrid, the more fascinating creature, to Astrid, whose clay is more malleable for the big screen.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Overall, you're left wondering why every big novel needs to be a movie. White Oleander would work better as a four-part miniseries -- or at least as a less conventional screenplay.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Stronger on character than on story, the film version of Janet Fitch's best-seller is shaped and propelled by the astonishing performance of Alison Lohman.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Some of the year's most arresting female performances justify White Oleander, a highly episodic melodrama.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Considering the star power -- and talent -- of the cast around her, it would have been impressive if Alison Lohman had simply held her own as Astrid, the young heroine of White Oleander. Instead, she owns the movie.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Impressively unflappable and natural, 23-year-old Lohman -- whose best known credit is perhaps a role on Fox's short-lived ''Pasadena'' -- holds the whole plot together skillfully.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Lacks emotional power.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The people who've made White Oleander appear to have spent a lot of time worrying about the audience. They should have told the story and let us take care of ourselves.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Wilts under a weak, formulaic story.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The estrogen overload damn near did me in.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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