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
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 29, 2013
A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
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+
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
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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
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
August 20, 2013
Featuring great work from Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and most surprisingly Vanessa Hudgens, The Frozen Ground is an old school thriller with plenty to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 19, 2013
Nice to see Nic Cage go back to being subtle in this solid, if seldom surprising thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2013
As a debut thriller of high-profile interest (in the story of Hansen), Walker has held his own and produced something very watchable and well executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 1, 2013
Hangs a tad slackly between thriller and procedural, but still holds attention throughout.
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
July 31, 2013
In spite of the uneasy straddle between crime-thriller and true-story, the movie's got its moments.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 23, 2013
In what is the best serial killer movie since Zodiac (2007), the atmospheric Alaskan landscapes will certainly cool viewers down on a hot summer's night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Screen International
July 23, 2013
While straight-forward in tone and structure, the film is admirably non-exploitative as it lays out the developing drama.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 21, 2013
[An] efficient police procedural ...
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