The Frozen Ground Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 18, 2014
As written and directed by Scott Walker, THE FROZEN GROUND isn't great, but it's surprisingly effective, thanks to its no-frills approach and its care with the actors and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
It's all around safe and plain, simple and to the point, and all very, very by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 1, 2014
The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
December 10, 2013
The Frozen Ground is trying its best to act as a genuine tribute to the victims of a horrible crime. Unfortunately it falls short... Though still functioning as a solid genre piece, the chasm between intention and execution is embarrassingly apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 1, 2013
The Frozen Ground isn't innovative, but it is a well-paced and engaging thriller that has the added appeal of a truth-based narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 30, 2013
In a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens' 'victim' is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 30, 2013
The scenes where Cage grills Cusack are the best thing about this very average thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 2, 2013
Choppy and chilling, it's destined for a quick burial in the icy tundra.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 29, 2013
A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 28, 2013
Are we mourning the loss of these women or delighting in their downfall, relishing their abuse? Cheap thrills destroy whatever pure intentions launched Ground, chaining the effort to the most banal of B-movie pursuits.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
August 27, 2013
"The Frozen Ground" trucks in cliche, as most serial killer and police procedural films do, but the strength of the acting (from the leads down to people with only one or two lines) helps ground the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 26, 2013
Impressive debut from New Zealand-born Scott Walker is told with style and panache. Strong performances, fevered pacing and immersive location lensing are big pluses pushing this from "B" pic to A-.
Pete Hammond
Movieline
August 26, 2013
We've seen a lot of serial killer movies but this intriguing true story is well-acted and involving enough to be worth a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 23, 2013
A true crime period piece that somewhat interestingly eschews a lot of investigatory grind in favor of moral certitude and throwback, cat-and-mouse tension.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
August 23, 2013
Unfortunately, with a confusing script pocked with plot holes, The Frozen Ground misses an opportunity to create a lasting testament to their memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 23, 2013
Not bad at all. Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 23, 2013
A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 22, 2013
The movie's only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it's the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
August 22, 2013
Unfocused, flitting back and forth from separate Cage, Cusack, and Hudgens arcs without forming them into one vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 22, 2013
The movie's late-night cable feel and skeevy salaciousness grinds everything to a snowy slush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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