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White Oleander

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Peter Kosminsky

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About the Movie

A harrowing, coming-of-age story based on the best selling novel by Janet Fitch. Twelve-year-old Astrid (Alison Lohman "The Thirteenth Floor," TV's "Pasadena") shares an idyllic life with her mother Ingrid (Oscar-nominated Michelle Pfeiffer "I Am Sam," "What Lies Beneath"), a beautiful and free-spirited artist. When her mom is suddenly sent to prison for life for committing a crime of passion, Astrid is set adrift in the world. Alone to struggle to become her own person, she goes through foster home after foster home experiencing forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation and how it feels to be loved. Also starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Robin Wright Penn ("Unbreakable," "Forrest Gump"), Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain," "Chicago"), Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Noah Wyle ("Enough," TV's "ER"), Taryn Manning ("Crossroads," "Crazy/Beautiful"), Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous"), Billy Connolly ("Indecent Proposal") and produced by John Wells (TV's "The West Wing," "ER"). Pfeiffer received a SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and the New York Times says this film is "...superbly acted from top to bottom...!"

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 134
  • Fresh: 93
  • Rotten: 41
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: At its best it offers pleasures similar to those of 1940s women's melodramas. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: What should have been a guaranteed weepie is never truly moving. – Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 19, 2002

Fresh: It's Lohman's poise in carrying this unwieldy story that impresses you the most at the movie's end. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Some of the year's most arresting female performances justify White Oleander. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Good Movie

This is a really good movie that is very faithful to the book. The book is a must read!

Moving, amazing, and unique

This movie has to be one of the best films I have ever seen. It goes further than any movie like it. The retrospective tone and the moving plot captures and enraptures the viewer. I would recommend this movie in a heartbeat to anyone.

Sad yet fulfilling

Great acting by Lohman. Zellweger has a smaller role but she adds just enough to shine. Very moving.

White Oleander
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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