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Snow Angels (2007)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 36

With fine acting and considerable emotional depth, Snow Angels aptly captures the highs, and especially the lows of human relationships.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 11

With fine acting and considerable emotional depth, Snow Angels aptly captures the highs, and especially the lows of human relationships.



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Director/screenwriter David Gordon Green adapts Stewart O'Nan's popular novel to the screen in this feature, which tells the parallel tales of a teenager named Arthur (Michael Angarano) and his onetime babysitter Annie (Kate Beckinsale) -- whose turbulent relationship with her estranged husband, Glenn (Sam Rockwell), leads the small-town waitress down a troubled path. Arthur is a high-school student from a dysfunctional family, and does everything in his power to avoid hanging around the house



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Sep 16, 2008


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So when the film's moment of horror arrives, it's not with suspense but instead the sort of dully anticipatory inevitability that drains as much energy from the story as from the audience.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source:
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It's a movie that keeps its distance from the characters, so much that we can shudder at what we fear is to come but aren't really allowed to mourn the innocent trapped in this downward spiral.

April 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A perfect match of material and sensibility.

April 11, 2008
Miami Herald
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It's well-made. Searingly acted. Potent. And by the time it was over, its climax realized at the water's edge of insanity and grief, I felt beaten about the head with sticks.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The writing and the performances are such that as things go from bad (sad motel-room affairs) to worse (a 4-year-old gone missing), the film's characters get inside your skin, your soul. It's enough to make you want to cry.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's still a lot of excellent work in Snow Angels. The first hour is utterly engrossing. But there's also a lot of wasted potential, which is too bad.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

Frequently perched between the poetic and the twee, Green has been bitten by the Whimsy Bug

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Impressive for the mood it creates, the film may not totally satisfy, but the characters are richly depicted and reflect the snowy winter chill that surrounds them

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Hopefully, one of these days, Green will be bold enough to make a movie where nothing happens, where conversation is both his means and his end.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

David Gordon Green is a very unique filmmaker.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Green is a director who takes his time with characters, allowing their different sides to self-illustrate in naturalistic settings as he simultaneously paints their worlds.

October 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Powerful performances all around, but too many tangled and twisted family trees. Scorecard, please.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Rockwell, who brought a sense of desperate unease to his roles in 'The Assassination of Jesse James' and 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' does the same here, with results that are at once frightening and pathetically sad.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Every so often, a movie comes along that knocks the wind out of you. Snow Angels is one of them.

September 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...the film's positive attributes were for me not quite enough to make up for the movie's unrelentingly grim tone.

September 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It feels sort of like a poor man's version of American Beauty, stripped of all the good parts and devoted only to a low-budget wallowing in misery that will leave you shell-shocked and depressed on your way out of the theater.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's a hard movie to sit through at times, but if you're a fan of the actors, especially Rockwell, I believe you will find it a rewarding experience.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Could they have made more of a slow, dull and boring film?

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Comments (10)

'We love you no matter what your job is,' a character tells her son. That's a love that this very humanistic if dark film asks us to extend to everybody, even those whose sins invite outrage and disgust.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Might be (David Gordon) Green's best film.

May 2, 2008

For all its noble intentions and universal truths, Snow Angels is not a great movie. It's not a grand movie. It's barely a very good movie.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

There's a certain beauty in the bleakness, in the stark, snowy landscapes, and in the characters whose lives are just as barren.

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source:

There is brutality in Snow Angels, but little bitterness. Like sunlight on ice, its painful beauty glints and stabs the eyes.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Good meditation on class, but too grim for casual moviegoers and not poetic enough for art-housers

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Snow Angels

Stories about teenage love and a marriage that has all but disintegrated are interconnected in this drama.
Strong performances by Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell highlight this indie drama, but the film's weakness is its inability to either reach the Altman Standard for interconnecting stories or link the stories with a common theme. The best that I can manage for a common theme is weak: I think the film suggests that relationships inevitably decay despite the grand optimism with which we enter them, a claim evidenced by the parallels between Annie and Glenn's marriage and their younger counterparts. But I feel like I'm doing more work than the film is in order to tease some semblance of sense.
Overall, this effort represents the dangers of trying to do too much and fit a whole novel into a medium that can't carry all the weight.
September 28, 2012
Jim Hunter

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"It's easy for...for us to block out the things that upset us. That's what I do. That's what most people do. But it's important that you feel through this." Hmmm. Ah...well. Where to begin with this one?

I had high hopes for Snow Angels. I'm a fan of Sam Rockwell, Olivia Thirlby, and Kate Beckinsale, and was looking forward to seeing them all in an indie drama that seemed promising from all the reviews I've read. Needless to say, my expectations were not met.

Snow Angels had an odd way of becoming less interesting and more muddled as it went along. It's like the writer became less certain of what he wanted to do and the story's message as the movie progressed. The beginning was promising, but by the the time the film meandered to its close, I was thoroughly confused about what the point was of all the interconnected characters and their actions.

I quite enjoy "different" movies, as a rule, but Snow Angels did little for me. None of the performances were noteworthy enough to overcome a story that seemed to lack a central theme after it reaches an emotional highpoint near the middle of the movie. This one left me scratching my head, and not in a good way.
September 27, 2010

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Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Griffin Dunne, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirby, Nicky Katt, Amy Sedaris, Jeanetta Arnette, Lita Llewellyn, Connor Paolo

Director: David Gordon Green

Summary: Based on Stewart O'Nan's novel, this indie drama from writer-director David Gordon Green intertwines parallel stories about teenager Arthur Parkinson (Michael Angarano) and the broken family of his former baby-sitter, Annie Marchand (Kate Beckinsale). Once the object of Arthur's boyhood infatuation, small-town waitress Annie heads down a fateful path after enduring a stormy relationship with her estranged spouse (Sam Rockwell).

My Thoughts: "I'm a fan of David Gordon Green, and he never disappoints with any film he does. Another dark drama that's depressing from beginning to end. The story of the failed marriage of Glenn and Annie, is the most disturbing and hard to watch relationship in this film. One of Sam Rockwell's best performances. He really was great in this film. The film in a whole has a lot of great acting in it, with Kate Beckinsale and Michael Angarano being two of them. The winter setting really captures the mood of the movie, cold and depressing. Great film, that slowly builds to a very dramatic ending. It's definitely worth taking a look at."
July 20, 2010

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