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Snow Cake (2006)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 21

Sigourney Weaver gracefully undertakes a difficult role, while the rest of the cast lifts the histrionic plot into something worthwhile.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 13

Sigourney Weaver gracefully undertakes a difficult role, while the rest of the cast lifts the histrionic plot into something worthwhile.



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Alex is a quiet, brooding man struggling to come to terms with a fatal car crash in which he played a part. In the aftermath of this harrowing ordeal, he comes to stay in a small Canadian town with Linda, a highly functioning autistic woman whose life has also been touched by tragedy. As they each attempt to deal with their losses in their own distinct ways, Alan strikes up a relationship with Maggie and finds himself experiencing long-buried depths of emotion.



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Apr 5, 2005

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A heartfelt but utterly predictable indie drama.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It's essentially a vehicle for a dedicated cast, but occasionally it's more than that.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Weaver makes Linda her own, alternating between off-putting brashness, engaging honesty and bursts of spontaneous, childlike behavior.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Lack of dramatic intensity is all the more surprising considering the emotional clout of helmer Marc Evans' two best movies, the chilling Resurrection Man and scarefest My Little Eye.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Overly forced, a shade too whimsical, but filling a void other words and other movies haven't the nerve or errant taste to confront.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This slow-burning character drama never gets as emotionally involving, or persuasive, as the moviemakers intend it to.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Often with the feel of a stage play, Snow Cake is a delicate little drama that shows real understanding of its characters.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source:

a worthy effort toward bringing an increasingly prevalent disorder to filmgoers' attention

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Snow Cake never entertains too much pathos nor does it become overly concerned with making Weaver's character even slightly sympathetic; her uncensored forthrightness is as refreshingly humane as it is hilarious.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Everyone and everything is surprising in this arresting film whose heart is as warm as its setting is cold

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

in the end, it's as viable as its titular confection: pretty to look at but cold.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Three very intelligent actors -- Rickman, Moss and Sigourney Weaver -- elevate what could have been cloying into something better than the script's idiosyncratic bent.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Director Marc Evans, working from Angela Pell's screenplay, pulls it off in a limited way but with emotional sensitivity and a solid cast.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

At times it seems so anxious to blatantly manipulate us into tears and slows down with Alex's romance with a sexy neighbor a la Carrie Anne Moss, and then at times it's beautiful, and intimate, and so wonderfully acted.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Weaver and Rickman and screenwriter Angela Pell elevate the film into something quite endearing.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Marc Evans' small-scale drama focuses on the offbeat relationship between a chronically depressed man and an autistic woman, and with a lesser cast it would be insufferable.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What could have been a schmarmy, overly sentimental film is, instead, one of decent filmmaking and good acting.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Alex first appears in Snow Cake aboard a plane, embodying an obvious contradiction, in motion and still at the same time.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Hampshire's sudden departure from Snow Cake is as shocking as the demise of star Janet Leigh was from Psycho in its day - she creates that strong a character.

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Snow Cake reflects a sense of the almost infinite ways autism manifests itself, in all its baffling and fascinating and sometimes agonizing realities.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Sigourney Weaver scores big with her first role in recent history that shows her at her best. Alan Rickman provides the perfect counterpart as the loneliest man in Central Canada.

May 16, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Snow Cake

This is the story of a man meeting with the autistic mother of a hitchhiking girl who died in his car after an accident. Outstanding acting performances, especially by Rickman and Weaver, and very quiet but lovely sense of humor make for a very likable and satisfying experience. Especially the scrabble game and the story of Mr. Fantastic is a very magical scene. Even though nothing terribly exciting happens after the initial shock, it is still fun and entertaining to follow those characters around for a while.
February 3, 2012

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Oh my goodness do I love a nice drama! Throw in Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman and I am in my glory!! Sigourney did a great job playing a sometimes crazy, sometimes silly Autistic woman. I really got a kick out of her. This was a very entertaining movie.
October 14, 2010

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The real beauty of this film is in the fleshed-out richness of the characters. It works because you're taken in by Vivienne's love of life, by Alex's debilitating guilt and by Maggie's subtle sexuality. Credit superb writing (Angela Pell) and performances (Emily Hampshire, Alan Rickman & Carrie-Anne Moss)
July 31, 2010
Randy Tippy

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Could have been better with a tight editing & a better casting. The actress playing Linda, an autistic, was a disastrous miscast, IMO.
April 6, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Linda Freeman: You are a very selfish man, Alex.
    2. Alex Hughes: I'm not selfish, you're just unreasonable.
    3. Linda Freeman: I'm autistic!
    4. Alex Hughes: Well, it's the same thing.
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