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White Bird in a Blizzard

Thriller . Drama . Mystery

Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it...

Actors: Shailene Woodley , Eva Green , Christopher Meloni , Shiloh Fernandez , Gabourey Sidibe , Thomas Jane , Angela Bassett , Dale Dickey , Sheryl Lee , Jacob Artist
Directors: Gregg Araki
Country: FRANCE , USA
Release: 2014-09-25
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  • Chase Whale

    White Bird in a Blizzard is worth seeing for Eva Green’s performance alone, and to experience the dreamlike quality of Gregg Araki’s individual, highly unique vision of cinema.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John Anderson

    White Bird in a Blizzard is an alibi for Mr. Araki to flex his considerable muscle as a visual artist, using a palette that ranges from the blissful to the grotesque, and an atmospheric score by those eminences of the ambient, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It’s naughty, campy and wildly uneven.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    White Bird In A Blizzard, is another literary adaptation, gunning for respectability. It’s the most mainstream and accessible picture he’s (Araki) ever made, but this time his pendulum swung a bit too far in that direction.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Araki's films have never been known for their subtlety. Think Douglas-Sirk-meets-Johnny-Rotten. He tries to rein in his tendency for the baroque in White Bird in a Blizzard, but he pushes the story too far in the direction of the grotesque.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Evocative, gorgeous, occasionally maddening film.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Its elements don’t really cohere.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Danny King

    If the results are occasionally broad and schematic, the actors (Woodley especially) are anything but, and Araki has an absolute field day adorning his kitschy, 1950s-ish view of suburban Los Angeles with a string of showoffy colors.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Younger audiences will see "The Fault in Our Stars’" Shailene Woodley once again excelling in an emotionally tricky role: Kat, a 17-year-old blooming into her wild years while reckoning with an increasingly unhinged mother, Eve (Eva Green, crazy-eyed and just this side of Faye Dunaway).

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Because the tone is so erratic, it’s hard to know whether its anticlimactic quality is a botch on Araki’s part, or a purposeful bit of genre subversion.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    There’s just too much good stuff to dismiss White Bird in a Blizzard out of hand, even if it does have a somewhat dull and desultory plot. Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Only Jane, as the cop who knows exactly what Mrs. Collins’s wayward daughter needs, has the sense of threat the movie is seeking. His and Woodley’s scenes together are dirty and alive.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    An odd little concoction, a coming-of-age story that, only in passing, is also a mystery.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The film largely squanders Woodley's considerable talents by having her talking about (but never showing us) the numb but open wound that is Kat's relationship with her mother. More disappointingly, the film never figures out how to translate Kat's lack of emotion into something that makes us feel anything other than distant pity.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Typically, when Araki misses the mark, he misses wildly and with fascinating aplomb. White Bird, despite the best efforts of stars Shailene Woodley and Eva Green, is flat when it should be edged; something I never thought I’d say about the man who made a movie called “Totally Fucked Up.” Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    White Bird in a Blizzard is blank, pale and flat when it needs to be probing and suspenseful.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Gregg Araki's film suggests a hothouse melodrama that's been drained of the hothouse, the melodrama, and any other discernably dramatic stakes.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's a modestly interesting coming-of-age movie, and a totally forgettable mystery.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Having carried the mediocre smash “Divergent,” Shailene Woodley now uplifts another underwhelming teen thriller. This one’s as tiny as that one was huge.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    As detrimental as anything to the film’s effectiveness are the visuals, which are murky, lack compositional interest and do the actors no favors.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    Nothing really adds up to much, past a solid performance from Woodley and the energetic - if out-of-place - turn from Green.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Whatever its intent, White Bird in a Blizzard misuses most everybody involved, especially the dazzling young star of “The Descendants,””The Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent.”

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    “Scratch the surface and there’s only more surface,’’ a character all too accurately observes in this clunky, ugly and dull mash-up of a mystery.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Woodley is the teen angst poster girl de nos jours, but this performance is subtler and richer than any other she’s given to date.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Araki does manage to give Kasischke's ending a subversive little twist, but the scenario has spawned numerous complex questions and while they may be given traction throughout, the rushed and forced conclusion leaves one simultaneously nonchalant and conflicted, much like Kat.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Phil de Semlyen

    A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green’s Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady

    Empire Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki’s best work, but there’s more going on here than immediately meets the eye.

    Total Film Full Review
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