Frozen River Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 6, 2015
This fine drama delivers a reality tougher than realism.
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
Frozen River is bleak and uncompromising - and that's just how the Academy likes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
A pair of border-town losers come to represent everyone who's ever been up against it in this country, especially the women.
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
Melissa Leo's Oscar-nominated performance as a mother not above illegal business, but resolutely clinging to honesty and not giving into hypocrisy, is terrific. Hope comes from hard sacrifice in a finale proving sometimes possessions are our blessings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 24, 2009
Courtney Hunt's low-budget blue-collar thriller, Frozen River, is one of the most impressive feature debuts of the past several years.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 24, 2009
Actress Melissa Leo rightly earned an Oscar nomination for her part in this downbeat drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Paterson
Little White Lies
July 17, 2009
Frozen River is a taut, suspenseful thriller; a troubling of borders both cultural and national; and testament to the virtues of communion, empathy and compassion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2009
Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
July 17, 2009
Occasionally marred by contrivance and a crude internal logic that doesn't bear close scrutiny, 'Frozen River' works best as a knuckle-gnawing, blue-collar genre thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 17, 2009
Leo and Upham give performances of great conviction and the film is bold and uncliched: especially the matter-of-fact treatment of guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 17, 2009
It's Leo, with her pained and battered magnetism - half-pleading, half screw-you - who shakes the film out of its occasional glibness, notching up the performance of her career in thrilling, hungry style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 17, 2009
Everything about the film looks and feels authentic, from the desolate landscape dotted with trailers and fast-food joints to the people who populate a borderland that offers none of them much hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 17, 2009
A fascinating, understated look at the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 17, 2009
Cold yet never calculating, it's a fine film featuring a heart-rendingly knockout performance of steel and strength from Leo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 17, 2009
Leo and Upham make an unlikely double act in a finely written, well-played film with a striking plot and setting. Hunt's clearly a name to watch; Leo, meanwhile, can look forward to finally getting the recognition, and roles, she deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
July 17, 2009
As a quiet celebration of ordinary women's resourcefulness, the film is well-crafted, sensitively acted and modestly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
July 17, 2009
While there is much to admire, there is little to enjoy as downtrodden folk try to make money the hard way. At heart it is a sentimental drama that rarely connects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
July 17, 2009
Frozen River will penetrate your core like a biting Arctic wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 17, 2009
Early scenes have a raddled power. Later ones slip into a Chistmastide slush of contrivance and redemption.
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