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White Oleander (2002)



Critic Consensus: Strong performances by the lead actresses make White Oleander a compelling female melodrama.

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A drama which chronicles the life of Astrid, a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. Set adrift in the world, Astrid struggles to become her own person while coming to terms with the challenges of living life on her own.

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Alison Lohman
as Astrid Magnussen
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Ingrid Magnussen
Robin Wright
as Starr Thomas
Renée Zellweger
as Claire Richards
Patrick Fugit
as Paul Trout
Noah Wyle
as Mark Richards
Stephen Root
as Michael
Scott Allan Campbell
as Bill Greenway
Amy Aquino
as Miss Martinez
Marc Donato
as Davey Thomas
Leila Kenzle
as Ann Greenway
James Lashly
as Reverend Daniels
Kali Rocha
as Susan Valeris
Mark Soper
as Patrick
Liz Stauber
as Carolee
Elisa Bocanegra
as Girl in Fight
Sam Catlin
as Teacher
Sean Happy
as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
Myra Lamar
as Detective
James W. Lee
as Prison Visitor
Daniel Mandehr
as Dad at Auction Area
DeVonda Manghane
as Guard at X-ray Machine
Roger McIntyre
as Police Officer
Cathy Ladman
as Swap Meet Mother
Jennifer Saxon
as Swap Meet Daughter
Carl Sundstrom
as Police Officer
Kimo Wills
as Comic Book Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for White Oleander

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (39)

Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A smart, compelling drama.

October 19, 2002 | Rating: B+

The film is worth seeing for its honest heart and for the magnificent acting.

October 14, 2002

Though it flirts with bathos and pathos and the further Oprahfication of the world as we know it, it still cuts all the way down to broken bone.

October 11, 2002

A movie that wafts in and out of clarity like a wavering transmission.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Much of the pleasure to be had in White Oleander is in watching its female stars revel in their screen time.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for White Oleander

On a rewatch, not quite as good as I remembered, but still liked it. Interesting story about a poisonous mother and the harm caused to her teenage daughter, even while she's in prison after murdering an ex boyfriend for rejecting her. The movie follows Astrid as she is shunted from foster home to foster home, yet still unable to break away totally from her mother who "would rather see her in the worst type of foster hell" than living with a decent foster mother.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Really good and interesting story with brilliant performances.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Alison Lohman is not, in my opinion, the best choice for a protagonist for this one, but Michelle Pfeiffer's never blinking reptile eyes are just about perfect. The story is rather lackluster, but the acting power can be quite extraordinary when handled correctly.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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