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The Frozen Ground Reviews

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 21, 2013
A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
July 19, 2013
A standard police procedural with few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rob Staeger
Village Voice
August 20, 2013
The Frozen Ground hits the familiar notes.
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
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
July 18, 2013
Nicolas Cage sleepwalks through another macho, tediously formulaic b-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
July 19, 2013
An odd mix of formulaic thriller and true-life story, resulting in something sporadically successful but often uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 22, 2013
Based on a true story, it's very thorough in its depiction of Alaska's strip bars, but apparently not nearly as interested in character or psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2013
Taste and good intentions are only going to get one so far with a script this tone deaf and direction this ugly and monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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-
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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
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+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 18, 2013
The whole film, really, comes from a freezer. Thaw first; then reheat the bugaboo murders, the twitchy killer, the trail of script clues that would lead a moose to the truth in moments but must take 105 minutes to occupy a movie-picked police force.
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
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
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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
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 18, 2013
Might we call this dubious entertainment? Hardly: it's not even entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 18, 2013
It's let down by a disjointed and frustratingly unfocussed script, coupled with some laughably sloppy dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
July 19, 2013
First time writer/director Scott Walker claims the whole thing is based on conversations he had with the real life woman who, as a teenager, helped police capture Alaskan serial killer, Robert Hansen. You can't hear her voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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