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White Oleander Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Wilts under a weak, formulaic story.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Impressively unflappable and natural, 23-year-old Lohman -- whose best known credit is perhaps a role on Fox's short-lived ''Pasadena'' -- holds the whole plot together skillfully.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Considering the star power -- and talent -- of the cast around her, it would have been impressive if Alison Lohman had simply held her own as Astrid, the young heroine of White Oleander. Instead, she owns the movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes brutality of a modern-era Dickensian quality. Astrid is seduced by one foster parent and shot by another. A third commits suicide. Astrid is subjected to physical and emotional abuse. Ingrid murders her lover. There are non-explicit sexual situations and references. Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs. Characters use strong language and mock religious faith.

  • Families can talk about how Astrid changes her appearance and manner to reflect each of her "homes," while Ingrid seems almost untouched by her surroundings.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Intense and painful family situations, murder, shooting, drug use, suicide.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including predatory sex with foster parent.

  • language false4

    Language: Some strong language for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol and drug use.