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  • Summary: When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called unfit dogs rise up under a new leader,When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called unfit dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his journey through the streets and animal control centers. [Magnolia Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 9, 2015
    100
    White God is the rare sort of movie in the era of computer-generated special effects where you can’t believe your eyes, because what you’re looking at is real.
  2. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 26, 2014
    100
    Not merely a story of interspecies hierarchy, then, White God also puts forward a simple but elegant metaphor for racial and class oppression, as the outcast (or even outcaste) masses, sidelined in favor of the elite few, band together to assert their collective strength.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 26, 2015
    90
    In classic narrative fashion, Mr. Mundruczo works the setup like a burlesque fan dancer, teasing out the reveal bit by bit.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    May 26, 2014
    80
    The ultimate message may be a little fuzzy, but Mundruczó has crafted a incredibly cinematic canine parable that remains gripping and inventive from its nose to its tail.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 9, 2015
    75
    What saves the movie are those sequences of massed animals running riot through Budapest, overwhelming squadrons of police sharpshooters, and taking over a student performance of Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” Hardly subtle, yet the scene yields one shot — of dogs glaring down from the box seats of a fancy concert hall — that’s nearly worthy of Buñuel.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 24, 2015
    75
    A quote by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke opens White God — “Everything terrible is something that needs our love.” But that goes for the film, too. Who will want to see a movie so focused on dogs, in which they’re brutalized and killed?
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 14, 2015
    50
    It affects a general air of artistically inclined realism, but it's mostly concerned with building tension via a steady accumulation of flatly conceived misery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    The movie is decent enough in and of itself, but what truly amazes me are the dogs. Rather, I should say the dog trainers perhaps. Hundreds ofThe movie is decent enough in and of itself, but what truly amazes me are the dogs. Rather, I should say the dog trainers perhaps. Hundreds of dogs on screen all "acting." It's truly astounding. I believe it's genuinely worth watching for that alone but it is on top of that an enjoyable film if not a bit preachy with its overly obvious metaphors. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2015
    2
    I saw this last night at the Wisconsin Film Festival, and was really disappointed. The film was poorly paced, full of cliches and theI saw this last night at the Wisconsin Film Festival, and was really disappointed. The film was poorly paced, full of cliches and the characters frequently made absurd, illogical decisions. So many things in White God made no flipping sense at all.

    Overall, I don't think the director knew what kind of movie he wanted to make. It wasn't a good horror flick. It was a terrible drama. And it was a tired coming-of-age story about a teenager that I didn't care about.

    In a word, this movie was simply...dumb.
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  3. Mar 28, 2015
    0
    A tiresome, absurd, obnoxious, cliche, thinly-veiled ad nauseum exercise in racist hate speech against white people. Presumably created by theA tiresome, absurd, obnoxious, cliche, thinly-veiled ad nauseum exercise in racist hate speech against white people. Presumably created by the raving mad, hypocritical elements of the extreme left wing slithering around over in Europe. This movie has a slight Bolshevik undertone. Expand

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