The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)
The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

Set in a Northern German village before World War I during the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire, depicts the emergence of national socialism.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 30, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The White Ribbon effectively utilizes tension and a bleak atmosphere to deliver a thought-provoking examination of nascent fascism.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

But along with a finely crafted screenplay, the film's truly brilliant touch, and what makes this nightmarish fable all the more effective and original, is its stunning black and white photography.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The White Ribbon is a stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The White Ribbon lunges hungrily for serious art-film credibility. Don't be fooled.

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Jeffrey Edalatpour
The Rumpus

The White Ribbon breathes an unholy life into the generation of children who would grow up to become the obedient soldiers and members of the Nazi party.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Haneke has dramatized his intellectual conceits in an uninvolving, snail-paced movie that illustrates its themes in an obvious, almost banal manner.

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David Keyes

It magnetizes us through profound degrees of mystery, psychology, dramatic intensity and perceptive dialogue, and then still retains enough power after the closing credits to leave us in thoughtful contemplation of its more cerebral perspectives.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Roe
Michael Haneke has pushed the bounds of what is and could be considered going too far in the film medium, which is his whole mantra. He brings us The White… More
Chris Weber
Michael Haneke's long, slow study of oppression and retribution is a real wonder. It's not an easy one to sit through, but I found it to be very… More
Daniel Perry
A nuanced, demanding film about small-town secrets that rivals the best stories of Alice Munro or William Faulkner, in which characters' lines are cutting,… More
Spencer S.
Drawn out to cover a period of a year right before the start of World War One, The White Ribbon is far more than a war film, and not at all a typical period… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
The White Ribbon is a dark, depressing account of human nature and innate, or learned, violence. Eerily beautiful, but the meanings and metaphors are too… More
Jennifer Xu
Icy, chilly, gorgeously rendered portrait of pre-Nazi Germany.