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The Frozen Ground Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

It's all around safe and plain, simple and to the point, and all very, very by-the-numbers.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

August 10, 2014
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

February 1, 2014
Richard Haridy

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

December 10, 2013
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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 Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 30, 2013
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

The scenes where Cage grills Cusack are the best thing about this very average thriller.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C-

September 30, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Choppy and chilling, it's destined for a quick burial in the icy tundra.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

September 2, 2013
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 29, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: D+

August 28, 2013
Sheila O'Malley

"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 Source: | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2013
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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-.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 26, 2013
Pete Hammond

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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 Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C+

August 23, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.8/10

August 23, 2013
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Not bad at all. Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in years.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

August 23, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 23, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2013
Brian Tallerico

Unfocused, flitting back and forth from separate Cage, Cusack, and Hudgens arcs without forming them into one vision.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.0/5.0

August 22, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The movie's late-night cable feel and skeevy salaciousness grinds everything to a snowy slush.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

August 22, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 22, 2013
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