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First Snow (2007)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: In First Snow, an interesting premise gives way to a slow and tedious noir that adds little to the genre.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: In First Snow, an interesting premise gives way to a slow and tedious noir that adds little to the genre.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 5,659


Movie Info

Wound tight and cocky, Jimmy Starks is a smooth-talking salesman certain he's on the verge of a big break. Even when his car stalls in the middle of nowhere, a roadside soothsayer assures him a windfall is on its way. Although Jimmy should be happy when his boss suddenly agrees to financially back his business venture, he starts to become paranoid instead. As his girlfriend Deirdre and his best friend/business partner Ed watch him slowly come unwound, Jimmy wonders if a past betrayal of his … More

R (for language, some violence and sexuality)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Hawk Ostby , Mark Fergus
In Theaters:
Nov 27, 2007
Box Office:
Yari Film Group - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for First Snow

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (31) | DVD (6)

The movie has a lovely paranoia about it that Pearce, as Memento and L.A. Confidential told us, is a master at conveying.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A fresh, intelligent and thoroughly involving psychological thriller.

December 4, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

I was beguiled by both the eerie moods and the striking compositions, which incorporate large stretches of empty space.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A smart, tense modern film noir.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Predictability hangs over Mark Fergus's skillful debut feature, but not enough to detract from the intensity of the mood, the rhythm, and the performances.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

A first rate thriller, First Snow is about a man haunted by his past who revisits it in a bid to change his destiny. It's a terrific role for Guy Pearce, who ably carries the film on his shoulders

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile

First Snow is an auspicious directorial debut for Mark Fergus. It will be interesting to see what he does next.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Jam! Movies

Brings little new to the genre apart from another outstanding performance by Pearce.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Austin Chronicle

First Snow is a sharp thriller with abstract pretentiousness. The writers were clever enough to approach a simple philosophical question in a devious and brusque way.

Full Review… | April 23, 2007
Entertainment Spectrum

...the interest dissipates pretty quickly and the movie becomes a dreary plod...

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

The subdued ending might disappoint those hoping for a more lively denouement, but really, it seems just right for a tale as chilly as this one.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Creative Loafing

[The filmmakers] raise intriguing questions about fate and destiny, and they get a soulful performance from Pearce.

April 13, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Fate plays havoc with a salesman's existence in [this] bleak psychological thriller about life and death in the New Mexico desert.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007

It's a film of great promise, but loses dramatic circulation the longer it spends time chasing its own tail.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007

Co-screenwriter/director Mark Fergus isn't able to build any palpable tension. And the fact that we're not really rooting for his protagonist to survive works against the material.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Takes a silly premise -- a fortune teller predicts imminent doom! -- and spins it into a thoughtful, intelligent story about fate vs. free will.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007

Audience Reviews for First Snow


this was an intense film. everytime i see piper perablo on screen i like her more, and guy pearce is going to be a great actor for a considerable period of time. this film was creative and different, but ultimately the story wasnt intriguing enough to make it worth while. i enjoyed it, but it was fairly bland and didnt offer much more than a little entertainment value.

danny d

Super Reviewer

It's engaging enough, but it never hits any real payoff.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

An interesting premiss with some nice cinematography gets bogged down by suppositions and some absurd plot contrivances, making me feel uninvolved and being dragged along by the plot, forced to follow, but not engaged in the film, as Pierce's charactor's life spirals out of control, mainly by his own actions.

At the core I kept asking myself, if I believed I was to die come the first snow, would I spend my few precious days running around trying to figure out who and how he was going to die, so that he could prevent it? Sounds counter intuitive to me; the psychic never said he could change his fate, so why did he think that he could?

In the end, he survives all that he thought could harm him, but in doing so, put himself in the wrong place at the wrong time; whether he would have been killed anyway, somewhere else, is a matter for speculations on fate and destiny; which I surmise is what the director had in mind, but a more focussed script would have made the journey a lot more satisfying.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer


A slept on flick. Guy Pearce is a beast.

Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer

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