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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.
The obviousness of the message -- follow the right leader -- would be more tolerable in a less badly acted, less shoddy-looking film.
Farran Smith Nehme,
New York Post:
Director Kornel Mundruczo goes big with allegory, violence, drama and sentiment, and the results are riveting.
Kornel Mundruczo's sixth and best feature is an emotionally rousing, technically masterful man-vs.-dog adventure.
It's ruthless but sentimental, gritty but fanciful, drop-dead serious but also a little impossible to take seriously.
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.
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.
J. R. Jones,
This gripping suspense story considers how any canine can become the unfortunate repository for its master's darkest impulses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intriguing, but the movie's larger statement isn't clear.
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.
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.
White God offers a dark - very dark - take on the way humans exert authority, and superiority, over our fellow creatures.
A mixed-genre fable that evokes Dickensian melodrama, coming-of-age tropes and outright horror.
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.
Globe and Mail:
A rousing creature-feature thriller and political allegory, from Hungarian director Kornel Mundrucz.
Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo downplays White God as a "genre experiment," but his film has real bite regardless.
This powerful Hungarian drama features the Al Pacino of dog actors.
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.
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.