Fehér isten 2014

Critics score:
88 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times: Unfortunately, whatever satisfaction you may derive from seeing assorted nasty human beings get what's coming to them for betraying the trust of man's best friend is watered down by vague social and political allegory. Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: The obviousness of the message -- follow the right leader -- would be more tolerable in a less badly acted, less shoddy-looking film. Read more

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post: Director Kornel Mundruczo goes big with allegory, violence, drama and sentiment, and the results are riveting. Read more

Guy Lodge, Variety: Kornel Mundruczo's sixth and best feature is an emotionally rousing, technically masterful man-vs.-dog adventure. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: It's ruthless but sentimental, gritty but fanciful, drop-dead serious but also a little impossible to take seriously. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: What it all means is open to interpretation. Read it as a parable or as a horror movie. Read it as the story of love between a girl and her dog. Read it however you want. No matter what your take, you won't be disappointed. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Think "The Incredible Journey" crossed with "The Birds" crossed with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Or maybe just imagine "Cujo" as told from the dog's point of view. Don't take grandma. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: This gripping suspense story considers how any canine can become the unfortunate repository for its master's darkest impulses. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: If someone wants to make a case that our four-legged actor friends deserve to be considered for Oscar consideration, right alongside Streep and McConaughey, they need only offer White God as evidence. Read more

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: By turns Dickensian, Marxist and dystopian, it's a movie as deliriously unclassifiable as it is expertly focused in its desire to provoke and entertain. Read more

Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly: When the violence gets unbearable, take comfort in the troop of trainers on the sidelines who prove that, for now, man and beast still make a good team. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: It all pays off with an astounding, extended climax that is as rousing and exciting as it is frightening - one of the most surreal experiences I've ever had watching a movie. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Intriguing, but the movie's larger statement isn't clear. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: The more you command it to sit and stay-to settle down as a plausible plot, or to cohere as a political fable-the more it slips its leash and runs amok. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: The hand that feeds - and also brutalizes - is righteously bitten in "White God," a Hungarian revenge fantasy that's like nothing you've seen on screen before. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: White God offers a dark - very dark - take on the way humans exert authority, and superiority, over our fellow creatures. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: A mixed-genre fable that evokes Dickensian melodrama, coming-of-age tropes and outright horror. Read more

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle: Rarely does a film's execution achieve or even exceed its director's ambitions, but Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" is that rare movie. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A rousing creature-feature thriller and political allegory, from Hungarian director Kornel Mundrucz. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo downplays White God as a "genre experiment," but his film has real bite regardless. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: This powerful Hungarian drama features the Al Pacino of dog actors. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: A B revenge movie with A-plus direction by Kornel Mundruczo and a cast of canines so personable that even when they tear out people's throats you still want to take them home. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Even those who don't buy in completely to Mundruczo's parable will be impressed by his canine crowd scenes, staged with ambition, skill and genuinely original vision. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The whole production speaks well for the power of film; it's a serious stunner. Read more