Everett Collection
Jason Clark
October 24, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

White Bird in a Blizzard

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
91 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/24/14
performer
Angela Bassett, Eva Green, Shailene Woodley
director
Gregg Araki
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

A sexually voracious teen (Shailene Woodley) is scarred by the disappearance of her troubled mother (Eva Green, only 12 years older than Woodley) in Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) uneven drama. Bird flies much higher as a coming-of-age tale than as a mystery but is juiced by its go-for-broke leading ladies; Woodley, as always, lends the film an unwavering emotional center, and though Green seems like she drifted in from an odder, campier flick, her Joan Crawford-esque gargoyle act is truly a sight to behold. B

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