White Oleander
White Oleander (2002)

A drama which chronicles the life of Astrid, a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. Set adrift in the world, Astrid struggles to become her own… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strong performances by the lead actresses make White Oleander a compelling female melodrama.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A smart, compelling drama.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A movie that wafts in and out of clarity like a wavering transmission.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The film is worth seeing for its honest heart and for the magnificent acting.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Much of the pleasure to be had in White Oleander is in watching its female stars revel in their screen time.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A truly involving, well-written and entertaining film supported by excellent performances...

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Though it flirts with bathos and pathos and the further Oprahfication of the world as we know it, it still cuts all the way down to broken bone.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

What should have been a guaranteed weepie is never truly moving.

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Michael Dequina

Distinguishing it from Oxygen channel territory is its surprisingly hard edge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
On a rewatch, not quite as good as I remembered, but still liked it. Interesting story about a poisonous mother and the harm caused to her teenage daughter,… More
Red Lats
What happens to a teenager when her single mother is sent to jail for killing her boyfriend? She lands up in various foster homes and institutions. In this… More
Sophie Burgess
Really good and interesting story with brilliant performances.
Randy Tippy
"No matter how much she's damaged me, no matter how flawed she is, I know my mother loves me." Nice, off-beat, coming-of-age drama that's… More
Jennifer Xu
Alison Lohman is not, in my opinion, the best choice for a protagonist for this one, but Michelle Pfeiffer's never blinking reptile eyes are just about… More
Veronique Kwak
i enjoyed this movie because of the performances of the actresses whose accomplished talents transcend the larger-than-life melodrama into believability.… More

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