White Reindeer
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White Reindeer
Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington: she just sold a house to a nice swinger couple; her weatherman husband Jeff scored a sweet new job; and her favorite holiday is quickly approaching. After a sudden tragedy takes Jeff away, Suzanne is left lost and lonely. Even worse, a friend of his confesses a secret: there's another woman. Her name's Fantasia and she works at the "girl club." In their grief, the two women form an awkward but meaningful friendship. Pushing away the ghosts of Christmas present, Suzanne falls into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film about grief and Christmas cheer that reveals a big heart without pulling its darkly comic punches."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"The White Reindeer is a deliberately awkward little movie, and it's a hard one to shake."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"White Reindeer is too downbeat and maudlin to become a true Xmas classic but offers an interesting alternative with a vaguely heart-warming message about muddling through the trials and tribulations of our flawed and fragile lives."
‑ Henry Northmore, The List
"Does the phoney joy and tacky commercialism of Christmas make you want to vomit? If so then boy, has Zach Clark made the movie for you"
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"It's technically a black comedy, but it's also an empathetic drama that takes its protagonist's subsequent mental breakdown with bewildering seriousness."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Luckily, [Clark] has a cast that elevates the puerility into genuine pathos and absurdity."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"A cool, kinky tale of sudden bereavement, sexual adventure and hard-won hope."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Features a nice lead performance... but flat and unimaginative stagings don't much help the argument that White Reindeer is in any way an artful metaphor."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"A delight, with a sharp script of surprises and a finely bewildered lead performance from Anna Margaret Hollyman contributing to an amusing, vaguely horrifying journey into psychological paralysis."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Likeably modest, White Reindeer is no-frills sitcom stuff, but its tartness can make you squirm deliciously."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Hollyman takes this woman's barely controlled dignity on a quietly brave, revealing ride."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Clark rarely seems interested in anything that might be expected."
‑ Calum Marsh, Film.com
"... takes a satirical look at the grieving process and the perceived healing power of the season, while adding a few twists that are frequently shocking and hilarious."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"White Reindeer is compelling in many ways...Unfortunately though, her story isn't fully rendered or realistic, playing the same note for too long."
‑ Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"The result is at once Clark's finest and most emotionally direct film to date -- a mature, grown-up, abnormal character study that improves on the director's previous work while still feeding off the same recognizable worldview."
‑ Danny King, Paste Magazine
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