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  • Summary: At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." Sam becomes president of the all-blackAt prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show "Black Face/White Place" smells gold in Sam's story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show "Doing Time at an Ivy League". The clamor over Sam's rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school's lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 23, 2014
    100
    Dear White People isn't perfect. And yet the flaws really don't matter. This is the best film about college life in a long time, satiric or straight, comedy or drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2014
    90
    Simien's film is one of those rare works that teach by appearing not to — you laugh at some of the antics, cringe at others, but the film is so entertaining you may forget you're learning something.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 23, 2014
    88
    Although there are moments when the characters in Dear White People sound as if they’re reciting different sections of a thesis, overall Simien’s screenplay is tight, funny, smart and insightful, and his direction has just enough indie feel without becoming too self-conscious or preachy.
  4. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 22, 2014
    78
    The cast is game and Siemen’s trenchant observations are the mark of a filmmaker with something to say – an increasing rarity in this day and age.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    It’s true that satire is the perfect weapon of reason, and Justin Simien deploys it with resourcefulness, cool assurance and eagle-eyed aim.
  6. 75
    Simien focuses too much on the character played by his star, Williams, which seems a mistake. Scenes are underscored with classical music chestnuts, a trite way of suggesting “academia.” And the ending is an eye-roller.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Bristling with arguments about the complexities of black identity in a supposedly post-racial America, this lively and articulate campus-set comedy proves better at rattling off ideas and presenting opposing viewpoints than it does squeezing them into a coherent narrative frame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Mar 16, 2015
    10
    Much has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is reallyMuch has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is really going on in America. The survival rate for encountering a traffic cop is now at 50-50. DWP doesn't address that at all. There's an lack of clever one liners about the white - black thing
    Also, DWP does a poor job of explaining "blacks can be prejudiced, but they can't be racist".
    A better way of putting that would be: Blacks can never enjoy white privilege.
    And DWP does a poor job of addressing the "Racism is over because of Obama" hypocrisy. As long as whites are still 99 percent of all doctors, lawyers, bankers and wealth and income, racisims isn't over.

    Having said that, DWP is a cleverly constructed film, with something to say, which mixes personal storylines well with the larger message. It's funny to everyone except to Angry Whites aka racists.

    The acting, directing, script, cinematography etc. etc. is superb.
    I would have like more Ebony and Ivy witticisms, I really missed those.
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  2. Oct 20, 2014
    9
    Definitely funny, poignant and just plain 'On Time'. Go see it!
    It perfectly captures the racial era we are currently in and if you've gone
    Definitely funny, poignant and just plain 'On Time'. Go see it!
    It perfectly captures the racial era we are currently in and if you've gone to a university as a person of color you can definitely relate.
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  3. Nov 9, 2014
    8
    A bitingly satirical, superbly written offering about racial relations and identity in modern-day America, unafraid to expose the cynicism andA bitingly satirical, superbly written offering about racial relations and identity in modern-day America, unafraid to expose the cynicism and hypocrisy often tied up in these issues. The movie gets in your face but does so without ever going over the top or becoming preachy in delivering its message. Easily one of the best -- and most overlooked -- releases of 2014. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2015
    7
    A very sharp and witty take on race relations on a college campus. A few characters may be cliched, but the film is done in such a way youA very sharp and witty take on race relations on a college campus. A few characters may be cliched, but the film is done in such a way you just don't mind. B+ Expand
  5. Jan 13, 2015
    7
    It's a nice little movie.

    While the narrative is a bit of a mess, "Dear White People" is an enjoyable experience. It is about as
    It's a nice little movie.

    While the narrative is a bit of a mess, "Dear White People" is an enjoyable experience. It is about as politically important as marshmallow topping but is fun to watch.
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  6. Feb 2, 2015
    4
    It's really not all that smartly crafted in my opinion. Boring overall, and nothing original to make it stand out. Weave this, blunts that...It's really not all that smartly crafted in my opinion. Boring overall, and nothing original to make it stand out. Weave this, blunts that... I mean it really doesn't solve or help anything either. Expand
  7. Apr 19, 2015
    0
    More tripe from Hollywood. The acting, directing, script, cinematography etc. etc. is awful. Funny how "Black people" can't be racists. It'sMore tripe from Hollywood. The acting, directing, script, cinematography etc. etc. is awful. Funny how "Black people" can't be racists. It's not funny for everyone. Many people find it bland. Another poor turn out movie put out by libtards. With many idiots saying If you don't like it, you must be a racist. Expand

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