White Oleander

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Released 2002

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Director:
Peter Kosminsky
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
A teenager (Alison Lohman) endures a string of foster homes after her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer), a brilliant artist, is convicted of murder.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The accumulation of sharp candid flashes adds up to a disturbing vision of Los Angeles as a teeming jungle of dysfunction.

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Never rising above routine episodic storytelling, White Oleander nonetheless retains something of its source novel's ravaged emotional surface and cool, observant manner.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This is a film without a center, a film whose young protagonist should have more texture, more of a compelling voice than she does. Through no real fault of the acting, young Astri...

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