Winter Passing Reviews

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March 3, 2006
This could easily slip over into the realm of the melodramatic, but the solid performances keep it from going over the edge (but just barely).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 2, 2006
First-time writer-director Adam Rapp creates a film that feels more like a school project than feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 25, 2006
So what we have is a bunch of damaged people acting damaged and trying to get on with lives of quiet desperation. This is generally what's considered art nowadays.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 22, 2006
Stand in the middle of a film festival and swing a stick and you're bound to hit a movie just like this.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2006
A kind of lugubrious shtick takes over.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 21, 2006
gets by solely on the fact that there's enthusiasm in it, but that enthusiasm never reaches out to embrace the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 21, 2006
The way it's done is so authentic, and you have such good performances from everybody involved here, and some very true writing.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2006
A feeble domestic drama...by turns clumsily melodramatic, ostentatiously quirky and crudely sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 18, 2006
[S]aved from its precious anti-preciousness by its spectacular cast...
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 17, 2006
Rapp's theatrical past is evident throughout: His strongest scenes tend to be those purely character-driven moments when his sharp dialogue takes precedence over any cinematic action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
February 17, 2006
And therein lies the chief problem with Winter Passing: there's very little nuance to -- any of the characters in Rapp's meandering narrative, which the first-time director wraps up on an emotionally pat note that doesn't feel earned.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 17, 2006
The best part of Winter Passing -- is the way its random characters connect, like snowflakes bouncing off each other, like words suddenly taking shape on a page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Linda Stasi
New York Post
February 17, 2006
Rapp plays out the relationships between these superficially drawn characters in an entirely pat manner, yet Deschanel manages to make Winter Passing almost matter. That's real talent.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 17, 2006
Underneath the contemplative tone and poetic visuals lies a disappointingly familiar coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2006
A portrait of grieving artists, trying to get back to the quotidian business of suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
February 17, 2006
If you're looking for something a bit more lighthearted, head elsewhere. But that doesn't mean we're going to give a bad Rapp to this dark and complex tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 17, 2006
Unfortunately, as a character, Don -- Roth-like in stature, Salinger-esque in seclusion -- and the angst of a blossoming performer among literary giants is too familiar to feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
February 17, 2006
Makes too many of the same rookie filmmaker mistakes which keep similar films with smaller budgets and lesser known casts from even getting a minor theatrical release
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
February 17, 2006
A little movie that straddles the fence of mediocrity from start to finish, Winter Passing is worth seeing mainly for one reason: Zooey Deschanel.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 16, 2006
Sometimes a single scene sets such a strong tone that the rest of the film has a hard time breaking it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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