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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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'' --...
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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...
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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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Rated PG-13 | For dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality and violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.
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