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Frozen (2010)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 56
Rotten: 35

Critics Consensus: Writer/director Adam Green has the beginnings of an inventive, frightening yarn in Frozen, but neither the script nor the cast are quite strong enough to truly do it justice.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Writer/director Adam Green has the beginnings of an inventive, frightening yarn in Frozen, but neither the script nor the cast are quite strong enough to truly do it justice.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 19,660




Movie Info

Director Adam Green (Hatchet, Spiral) takes the helm for this relentlessly tense tale of three snowboarders who must fight for their lives in the freezing cold after getting stranded on a ski lift. As the trio rides up the mountain in preparation for their final run of the day, the night lights suddenly go dark, and the lift chairs grind to a sudden halt. Realizing that the resort will be closed until the following weekend, the three friends decide to take their fate into their own hands, and … More

R (for some disturbing images and language)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam Green
In Theaters:
Sep 28, 2010
Box Office:
Anchor Bay - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Frozen

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (35) | DVD (9)

Adam Green's taut, toe-curling survival thriller is better than it should be: the concept and the characters' behaviour are mostly plausible, the script is dark and funny, the acting is adequate, and the wildlife scenes are convincing.

Full Review… | September 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

There's not enough here for 90 minutes.

Full Review… | February 8, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Frozen is good for five minutes of "What would you do if?" games. Then it's just stiff as a board.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A stuck chairlift just doesn't exert the same primal terror as a roiling sea, and to make up the difference, Green would need a better cast and sharper dialogue than he has here.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Another date movie-horror flick designed to scare tentative couples into each other's arms.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Tthe script is clunky, the acting strained. Too bad. Underlying the life-and-death thriller are notions about the ways coupledom changes and challenges friendships.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

Reinterpretation of The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale as an animated, female empowerment musical.

January 19, 2014
Baret News

Energy thaws kid-friendly Frozen

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
Movie Habit

Green avoids Hatchet's corny clichés and totally redeems himself with a harrowing portrait of humans at the mercy of the great outdoors.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Characters possess serious lack of thinking ability and survival skills. Even when it comes to stuff like zipping up their coats all the way.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Adam Green's fun 2006 horror film Hatchet revelled in the art of self-aware pastiche, but it is in his second major work that he has found a legitimately great concept out of which to wring more nuanced thrills.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

The parts of the film that work are flat-out fantastic. There just aren't enough of them.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Like Jack London's 'To Build a Fire,' this is an exercise in extracting suspense from the circumstances of a harsh wintry environment and a bad situation rather than imposing danger in the form of an outside (and potentially vanquishable) foe.

Full Review… | November 9, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Green?s nifty framing, dawning-dread pacing, and fixation on corporeal deterioration proves sturdy.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

The characters, situation, and dialogue are stretched a bit thin.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Common Sense Media

While making the occasional narrative misstep, this is effective low-budget filmmaking, and undoubtedly a notch better than what usually passes as suspense these days.

Full Review… | October 6, 2010

The movie has a good flow, and it understands how to generate thrills, but the characters, situation and dialogue are stretched a bit thin.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Green orchestrates all this with some skill but not too much gore. A minor tour de force.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
This is London

However much fun it is to watch, it's a lot more fun to pull it apart afterwards.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
News of the World

Sustains interest and tension with some inventive plotting and gratuitous misfortune, aided by a cast convincingly scared witless, even if their characters left me, well, rather cold.

Full Review… | September 27, 2010
Daily Express

Armed with an appealingly pared-down premise, Frozen effectively establishes itself as one of the best horror films of its kind to come around since Open Water.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Impressively directed and genuinely suspenseful, this is a hugely entertaining thriller with a superb script and terrific performances from its three leads.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

This minimalist thriller offers the same endurance-test nightmare as Open Water, only here the imperilled characters are marooned on a mountain, and wolves substitute for the sharks.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

Fiendish, sweaty and tense as hell. One to watch through the fingers.

September 24, 2010
Little White Lies

With believable characters, a real sense of terror and that terrific whatwould-you-do? plot, Frozen works on every level. A proper chiller.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

The taut set-up is enjoyable all by itself, but it's the rising tide of three-way recriminations and despair that gives this film emotional clout.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Frozen



I desperately wanted to like this movie. But I couldn't. It's not a great start to a review but I honestly think Frozen is a hugely creative horror thriller, when director Adam Green was shooting it I bet there wasn't a single angle shot in the compressed environment in which the story is set that he didn't capture on camera. But despite the creativity and the genius of it's spine tingling premise, it doesn't deliver as many scares as you think it would. To put it simply, horror only ever works when you care about the characters who are stuck in the horrifying situations that are shown on screen, and in the case of Frozen I never got gripped into the illusion that the actors were in any real danger. If a film with a plot like this never appears believeable then everything else at some point falls apart. I think the key reasons why it never becomes interesting or suspenseful, and instead get's fairly predictable is down to the fact that the cast is poor and so is the script. It's undeniable that it's beautifully shot and very well-directed but the writing and the characters are the problem. In the right hands this film could have followed in the footsteps of tight thrillers like Phone Booth but since I never found the characters interesting enough to sympathise for them it never felt as terrifying as the thought of being trapped on a ski lift in the middle of the night myself. However it's not a bad film by a major stretch, there are a couple of moments of small scares and truly extraordinary make up and gore effect design but it's never as fist-gnawingly petrifying as it needs to be to work as a solid horror picture.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Suspenseful, intense, heartwrenching, nail-biting, and just quite simply amazing. The performances and direction were brilliant. The script and dialogue could've been better but I loved what came out of this film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


The acting and script may not be up to par, but I thought the movie was decent. It definitely stirred up a great "what if & what would you do?" conversation afterwards with my friends.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Just average to me. I'd never heard of this film, but it caught my eye on Netflix and when I read its description (3 people stuck on a chair lift during a storm), I knew I had to see it, and soon. To be a thriller, it just lacked the thrills and excitement for me...much like "127 Hours" did.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Frozen Quotes

Dan Walker:
You know how I said I did this before...? I haven't and I'm scared shitless.
– Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
Dan Walker:
Dan, why don't I ever have a girlfriend? Why?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Joe Lynch:
Hmmm, smell that mountain air. You know what it smells like?... Cancer.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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