Cold Weather Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
'Cold Weather' is an engaging and inventive act of genre-tweaking with no bells and whistles attached, and it represents a huge leap forward for an increasingly promising filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
The movie is charming in spite of itself, even if you don't really care about the characters, the mystery or the resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
Katz here shows himself to also be one of the few American directors of his generation (he is 29) with a strong sense of composition and movement, sound design as suspense, landscape as character.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 22, 2011
A satisfying movie altogether, although in a lot of ways it feels like a step backwards for [director Aaron] Katz, artistically.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2011
The result is pretty entertaining, though most of that entertainment derives from Katz's skillful exploitation of gumshoe formula.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
June 25, 2011
It's as if the audience is being tested: can you appreciate such slow pacing and focus on character, or do you need your fix of Hollywood plot?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2011
Katz is content to hang back with his easily relatable characters, dipping his toe into genre tropes as a way of examining the mystery of their general twentysomething malaise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 17, 2011
Minimalist to the point of self-indulgence though admirable in its economy, Cold Weather is a very different kind of thriller. Think Brick by way of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 15, 2011
Utterly delightful mumblecore mystery that plays like a slacker version of Sherlock Holmes and is by turns gripping, moving and laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to a superb script, engaging characters and terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 14, 2011
Andrew Reed's moody cinematography and Keegan DeWitt's percussive score reinforce the noir mood, as Katz plays delightfully droll games with genre convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 14, 2011
American micro-budget auteur Aaron Katz makes a delightful leap forward with this slouchy, deadbeat mystery yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 14, 2011
Unfolding in wintry Portland, this is a beautifully photographed tale, where the mystery itself is a red herring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julian White
Little White Lies
April 14, 2011
As the practically somnambulist Doug, Lankenau has a ramshackle charm that recalls Mark Ruffalo, while Dunn does wonders with a part that has to be created mainly in reaction shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 13, 2011
There are few conventional thrills on offer here, but plenty of humour and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 13, 2011
Katz's characters are beautifully observed, the autumnal photography of downtown Portland is lovely, and the tension is expertly maintained...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2011
This is a slacker detective story, emphasis on the slack, and if you can downshift into its loping rhythms, it's pretty wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 14, 2011
The obvious low, low budget is a mere obstacle for a filmmaker who uses intelligence, talent and humor to tell an entertaining yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 14, 2011
...a film that derives its tone from the Northwest coast that seeps into the characters who live there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2011
Cold Weather is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 10, 2011
Just at the point of losing its audience, a nifty little film suddenly emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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