The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As for Haneke's handling of the material, his directing is immaculate. Every moment is the product of a penetrating mind and a steady talent."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Haneke tells this tale a bit too patiently for my taste. But the metaphors are unmistakable, as is the power of the film's message."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"After reflecting on the film awhile, I found that I had been drawn into its beauty and its mystery too much not to give it at least a slight recommendation."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Un inquietante cuadro social, filmado en riguroso blanco y negro, y una reflexión sombría y perturbadora sobre el origen del mal, o al menos de cierto tipo de males."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A direct and simple human lesson -- that negative reinforcement creates negative consequences."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"The White Ribbon is a stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This film is a total drag to watch. It is slow. It is dark. It is depressing, and it seems as though it is never going to end. It is torture to sit through this film. It runs 144 minutes and seems twice that long."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The White Ribbon is a striking, in many ways indelible work, and it's tempting to be carried away by Haneke's craft and assurance as a filmmaker."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Haneke knows how violence seeps into every recess of our lives, and he evokes it not to titillate, but to engage and challenge"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Writer-director Michael Haneke doesn't pull any punches, but then he doesn't throw any wild ones, either. His filmmaking shows precisely the sort of obsession with control that the movie itself is denouncing. Interesting, you've got to admit."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Haneke has dramatized his intellectual conceits in an uninvolving, snail-paced movie that illustrates its themes in an obvious, almost banal manner."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke's masterpiece. It is not a movie about abstract concepts or a director's power over his characters - well, at least it's not just about those things."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Up close, it's a blur of meticulous details that don't quite make sense; but step back and its towering ambitions become indelibly apparent."
‑ Matt Glasby, Flicks.co.nz
"Both sexes suffer from what Elias Canetti identified in his book Crowds and Power as 'the sting,' a psychological hurt (bullying, abuse) that must be exorcised in reenactment. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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