While Deschanel is the reason to see Winter Passing, her support is nearly impeccable in keeping it from being a one-woman show.
| Original Score: 3/5
A strangely moving experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Performances keep the film afloat and focused whenever it threatens to drift.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
What's real and true about Winter Passing is the relationship between Don and Reese, the father and daughter who wear their damaged dynamic on their sleeves for all to see.
This flawed drama about a self-destructive young actress and her reclusive novelist father has its rewards, mainly in some good performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
[Zooey] Deschanel carries the heavy and sometimes uneven Winter Passing, which possesses not only a love of language but a moving adoration for the language of love.
This is the kind of movie routinely dismissed as too slow and quiet by those who don't know it is more exciting to listen than to hear.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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).
The way it's done is so authentic, and you have such good performances from everybody involved here, and some very true writing.
[S]aved from its precious anti-preciousness by its spectacular cast...
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.
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.
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
A portrait of grieving artists, trying to get back to the quotidian business of suffering.
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.
| Original Score: B-
A little movie that straddles the fence of mediocrity from start to finish, Winter Passing is worth seeing mainly for one reason: Zooey Deschanel.
| Original Score: 6/10
[Rapp] brings out in Deschanel a sense of yearning, an avidity, that hits home. It's her most emotionally layered performance.
| Original Score: B+
It distinguishes itself thanks to assured performances that burn with quiet conviction.
Winter Passing is a classic example of a pedestrian motion picture being lifted out of mediocrity by an arresting lead performance. Zooey Deschanel doesn't just elevate Winter Passing; she carries it.
Exaggerated drama about emotional disability after a family-fracturing loss provides a performance piece for Deschanel's depth and Will Ferrell's other side.