• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Courtney Hunt
    In Theaters:
    Aug 1, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 10, 2009
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Frozen River Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A pair of border-town losers come to represent everyone who's ever been up against it in this country, especially the women.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Nick Rogers

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Courtney Hunt's low-budget blue-collar thriller, Frozen River, is one of the most impressive feature debuts of the past several years.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 24, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Actress Melissa Leo rightly earned an Oscar nomination for her part in this downbeat drama.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2009
Emma Paterson
Little White Lies

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

July 17, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

A fascinating, understated look at the human condition.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Cold yet never calculating, it's a fine film featuring a heart-rendingly knockout performance of steel and strength from Leo.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Neil Smith
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

As a quiet celebration of ordinary women's resourcefulness, the film is well-crafted, sensitively acted and modestly affecting.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2009
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]

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 Source: Sunday Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2009

Sun Online

Frozen River will penetrate your core like a biting Arctic wind.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Early scenes have a raddled power. Later ones slip into a Chistmastide slush of contrivance and redemption.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

July 17, 2009
Anthony Quinn

A modest but thrilling drama.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Frozen River represents one of the best examples of the new trend for austerity and social realism in American indie cinema.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2009
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