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

This drama takes place in an alternate reality where African-Americans form the United States' ruling class, while whites are a racially oppressed minority. When a poor white messenger loses his job, his life collapses and, in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1995
DVD Release Date: May 11, 1999
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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.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A ham-fisted, under-imagined dialectic on race relations.

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Scott Weinberg

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's undeniably fascinating to watch this hypothetical experiment for a while. But White Man's Burden starts to feel like an only-passable Twilight Zone episode stretched into a full-length movie.

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Michael Dequina

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.

James Berardinelli

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

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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.