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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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 knocked for a loop. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A severe and eerily beautiful German-language drama. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Unlike "Caché" and "Code: Unknown," where Haneke's investigations into societal and spiritual despair resonated with poetic force, The White Ribbon doesn't resonate at all. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Haneke's superb cast provide beautifully measured hints at the disconnect between the ribbon's symbolism and the entire town's unspoken atrocities. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is visually masterful. It's in black and white, of course. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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, leaving us to ask, “What in tarnation?’’ show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film. show more

  • July 02, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Absolutely superb film. A combination of great production, directing, acting, cine-photography, costuming, props, and settings make this film involving and realistic - at times I felt I was back there in that place and time. Any movies is best enjoyed when you can "get into it" and immerse yourself in the story. Superb movies such as this are skillfully done so as to facilitate this involvement. Bergman, Fassbinder, and other great directors would have loved to be able to make this film in this way.

  • March 08, 2010 driheart
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    This movie is at the level of Ingemar Bergman movies. As a German speaking I was impressed by the language that was rather simple, not Hoch Deutch. The cruelty to children, absolute obiedience, punishmemt and incest must influence these as adults. Does it explain Nazi behavior sadism and cruelty later on in their life? May be, but this cannot be an excuse for a well educated nation with affinity to art and music.

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