"[T]ense, provocative and unnerving....[The film] could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (12/30/2009)
"Shot in vivid black and white, the movie is like VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED directed by Ingmar Bergman..." -- Grade: B-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/08/2010)
"[Haneke] uses the sharp elegance of Christian Berger's monochrome cinematography, the grammatical precision of old-fashioned speech and the pageantry of period drama to lull and also to inflame the audience's expectations."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (12/30/2009)
"Shot with dry discipline in striking black and white, the deliberately paced, consistently unnerving film invites viewers into every corner of its town..." -- Grade: A
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (12/30/2009)
"THE WHITE ROOM is an artful examination of a small town and small-mindedness and the potential for full-blown, large-scale evil."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (01/07/2010)
"[S]evere and eerily beautiful....Mr. Haneke's film is accessible, though its pace is deliberate and its affect muted."
Wall Street Journal (01/08/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Shot in stunning black-and-white by the gifted Christian Berger, THE WHITE RIBBON is a toxic blossom of images that burn into your memory..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/21/2010)
"Everything about the film's masterfully executed aesthetic suggests harmony, order, the absence of extremes, exquisite deliberation...director Michael Haneke teases dread and uncertainty from classical form."
Movieline - Michelle Orange (12/31/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "The film is visually masterful....THE WHITE RIBBON tells a simple story in a village about little people and suggests that we must find a balance between fear and security."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (01/13/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Its lack of resolution is one reason the movie lingers, along with its stunning cinematography and unsettling performances, particularly from the children at the movie's heart."
Uncut - Neil Spencer (11/30/2009)