Snow Angels Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 24, 2008
Snow Angels, especially in its overwrought second half, merely wallows in unearned sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 21, 2008
(David Gordon) Green's finest film in four attempts to pop the hood on human nature reveals not just conflicted human engines, but at least one character fighting to keep the wheels from coming off.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 11, 2008
A perfect match of material and sensibility.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
April 11, 2008
Kate Beckinsale is too good for any of the guys in Snow Angels and too good for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 10, 2008
[Director] Green knows how to convey a mood visually and develop tension with his camera. He just doesn't give people enough interesting things to say or know when to shut them up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 5, 2008
Worth seeing despite its flaws and the deep depression it's likely to leave you with.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 4, 2008
We find ourselves again in that classily downbeat indie-film world of American suburbia, where life has an archly banal quality and seething tensions bring about a tangible hush -- usually resulting in suffocated marriages and catastrophic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 4, 2008
[Writer/director Green] has worked with cinematographer Tim Orr since his 2000 debut George Washington, but this time their trademark pastoral rhythms seem patchwork and the characters transparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 4, 2008
Why put yourself through such a sad movie, no matter how well it's made? Because ... movies this moving are rare birds that don't pass this way too often.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 3, 2008
It's hard to feel anything but frosty sentiments towards this melodrama, a rather chilly adaptation of Stewart O'Nan's well-regarded novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 3, 2008
Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 2, 2008
The characters all share a sense of loneliness, sadness and impending doom. Like walking black holes, they are the types of people that you'd want to avoid if possible. [Avoid the movie too!]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 2, 2008
The charming and natural performance by Michael Angarano [provides] a necessary counterpoint to Sam Rockwell's patented grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 2, 2008
By the time this intense, well-made drama has run its inevitable course you might well want to collapse in the snow and wave your own arms up and down in surrender.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 29, 2008
This wonderfully distinctive filmmaker is suffering growing pains, trying to wrestle his meandering, oddball sensibilities into the requirements of conventional genre forms.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 28, 2008
Snow Angels does nothing to alleviate the pall of depression that hangs over American movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
March 28, 2008
Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale are each as good as they've ever been as the central, troubled couple, and the rest of the cast also impresses.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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