White Man's Burden
White Man's Burden (1995)

This drama, starring John Travolta and Harry Belafonte, offers a speculative view of the US in which African-Americans hold the bulk of the country's wealth and power while whites are the downtrodden underclass. It is set in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 1999
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24%
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36%


Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

Were it not for John Travolta's big-hearted portrayal of an unemployed white factory worker driven to commit a desperate act, the movie would be an emotionally frozen exercise in cautious high-mindedness.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

There isn't much of a story in White Man's Burden.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

A wierd and ungainly mixture of obvious racial issues and pseudo-action material.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

White Man's Burden spirals into tragedy but never into stirring drama. It stays stuck at the level of noble experiment.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

White Man's Burden was worth doing once, if it only to find out it isn't worth doing again.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Doesn't go too far beyond the basic set-up.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Watching this movie is like watching Godfrey Cambridge's racial switcheroo in 1970's Watermelon Man -- without the laughs.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

No one looking for an action movie is going to choose this one. Equally obviously, no one interested in a film about racial stereotyping in America wants to sit through chase scenes.

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Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

The racial message is crystal clear and the concept of turning the tables on oppression is rather interesting. Unfortunately, the movie is never focused or convincingly solid to realize the cynicism in its meandering material. At best, "Burden" is merely

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Remi Logan
Like the professional critics will tell you, VERY interesting premise, but the execution fell short
Anthony Valletta
Not the movie it could have been, but still thought provoking.