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Coldwater (2014)


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


User Ratings: 205


Movie Info

Brad Lunders is a teenager forcefully abducted from his home in the middle of the night by his mother's consent to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge prides himself on breaking an inmate's spirit in order to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad's arrival, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, forcing Brad to confront not only … More

Directed By:
Written By:
Vincent Grashaw , Mark Penney
In Theaters:
Breaking Glass Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Coldwater

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (8)

The film transcends its B-movie template with realistic performances and taut direction, yet never spares the thrills.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The best thing about it is its star, P.J. Boudousqué, who locates a sense of terror and betrayal that the script lacks.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A punishing, predictable drama that's almost rescued by strong acting and good intentions.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

There's a compelling, perhaps important thriller to be made about dark doings at for-profit juvenile detention camps, but "Coldwater" misses the mark.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Grashaw effectively charts the unhealthy power dynamics, though he seems still to be finding his way at conceiving characters, directing actors, and establishing tone.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Grashaw has an affinity for the misdirected energies of these troubled teens and their despair in the face of their jailers' capricious punishments.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

For a first time feature outing, "Coldwater" is a fine effort from Grashaw, and the setting feels fresh and new. It's an original take on a coming of age, young masculinity tale, but ultimately, it doesn't quite live up to all of its potential

Full Review… | August 27, 2014
The Playlist

It's a grim but engaging drama and a first feature from writer/director Vincent Grashaw.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
National Post

Grashaw draws out fascinating, textured performances from his cast, notably James C. Burns as the retired marine in charge and Nicholas Bateman as a conflicted trustee.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Paste Magazine

The horrors in Coldwater continue unchecked for the majority of the movie. It's a very visceral experience, leaving the audience no room to hide from their own discomfort.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014

Well-acted, tension-filled and harrowingly haunting.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
San Francisco Examiner

Teens trapped at the wilderness camp from hell act out in violent ways in a well-intentioned expose that steps on its message.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014

It does a lot right, but ultimately it offers little to distinguish itself from countless like-minded stories.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014

It's a promising topic for a drama, and Greshaw's talented leading man carries it until the filmmaker steals it from him and destroys everything built up in the first hour.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014

Strong lead performances and attractive cinematography are occasionally overwhelmed by a spotty script, but the end product is suspenseful and compelling enough and marks Boudousqué, Burns and Grashaw as talents to watch.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
Film School Rejects

The process is harsh, the ultimate results filled with rage.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014

It comes as no surprise that writer-director Vincent Grashaw wrote the first draft of this movie soon after graduating high school.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Slant Magazine

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