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First Snow Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
December 4, 2007
A fresh, intelligent and thoroughly involving psychological thriller.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
I was beguiled by both the eerie moods and the striking compositions, which incorporate large stretches of empty space.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2007
A smart, tense modern film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 26, 2007
The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2007
A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2007
Offers the satisfaction of a compelling story well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 12, 2007
This is first-rate work from a talented actor who is fated to become a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 9, 2007
... this one foresees a bleak future for anyone fool enough to look into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 9, 2007
Guy Pearce continues his quirky, risk-taking ways with another very strong performance here.
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Boston Globe
April 7, 2007
Through it all, Pearce reminds us how good he can be in these obsessive parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Erin Clements
Time Out
April 7, 2007
Like a first snow, Mark Fergus's psychological thriller is unpredictable, but doesn't quite stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 7, 2007
[Pearce maintains] our interest even as the film, in its final half hour, seems to take a few wrong turns on the highway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2007
[The filmmakers] pay homage to the genre without bringing much new to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 6, 2007
First Snow keeps audiences guessing - not necessarily about how the film will end but what path things will take to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 5, 2007
First Snow starts out with a compelling premise but melts all too quickly.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 5, 2007
First Snow echoes Pearce's signature film Memento just closely enough to suffer by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2007
First Snow is essentially a short story with a metaphysical twist, but Pearce puts his fears more up front than any actor I can think of. He keeps you poked and prodded with anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 28, 2007
First Snow is a very worthy first film, and one that lingers in the mind long after the final fade-out.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2007
Covers very familiar indie territory, but debuting director Mark Fergus covers with style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 23, 2007
A pointed little thriller with metaphysical pretensions, First Snow is shrewd enough to approach basic philosophical questions in sneaky, offhand ways.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 22, 2007
Held aloft by great acting and pretty good writing by director Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
March 20, 2007
Is it written somewhere that every indie quasi-noir must include a dripping faucet, ceiling fans, shadows of slatted blinds, and a traveling shot of highway lines?
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 20, 2007
A moody psychological thriller about a salesman's paranoid attempts to circumvent his predicted demise, First Snow engages but underwhelms.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 8, 2007
A deft piece of storytelling that tightens the noose slowly, growing more absorbing and suspenseful as it goes along.
| Original Score: 2.5/4