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First Snow (2007)



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

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


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 9

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



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A man desperately tries to keep a strange prediction from coming true in this independent psychological thriller. Jimmy Starks (Guy Pearce) is a traveling salesmen who is in New Mexico on business when he crosses paths with a psychic. The psychic offers to read Jimmy's fortune, and quickly informs him that he will die before the first snow of the winter. Jimmy's girlfriend, Deirdre (Piper Perabo), doesn't think much of this prediction, but with the winter months on the horizon, this notion makes


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus

Nov 27, 2007


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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (24) | 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.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A fresh, intelligent and thoroughly involving psychological thriller.

December 4, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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I was beguiled by both the eerie moods and the striking compositions, which incorporate large stretches of empty space.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A smart, tense modern film noir.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

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

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.
December 1, 2009
danny d

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It's engaging enough, but it never hits any real payoff.
March 19, 2009

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.
September 23, 2008
paul sandberg

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A slept on flick. Guy Pearce is a beast.
August 10, 2008
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