• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Adam Rapp
    In Theaters:
    Feb 17, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 16, 2006
  • Yari Film Group

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Winter Passing Reviews

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Christopher Campbell

While Deschanel is the reason to see Winter Passing, her support is nearly impeccable in keeping it from being a one-woman show.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2007
Scott Weinberg

A strangely moving experience.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 14, 2006
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Performances keep the film afloat and focused whenever it threatens to drift.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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.

Full Review Source: New Times

March 16, 2006
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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This flawed drama about a self-destructive young actress and her reclusive novelist father has its rewards, mainly in some good performances.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Matt Pais

[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.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 9, 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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 3, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The way it's done is so authentic, and you have such good performances from everybody involved here, and some very true writing.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 21, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]aved from its precious anti-preciousness by its spectacular cast...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 18, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2006
Linda Stasi
New York Post
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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

February 17, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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A portrait of grieving artists, trying to get back to the quotidian business of suffering.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2006

E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

February 17, 2006
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies

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 Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Original Score: 6/10

February 17, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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[Rapp] brings out in Deschanel a sense of yearning, an avidity, that hits home. It's her most emotionally layered performance.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

February 16, 2006
James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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It distinguishes itself thanks to assured performances that burn with quiet conviction.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 16, 2006
James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Exaggerated drama about emotional disability after a family-fracturing loss provides a performance piece for Deschanel's depth and Will Ferrell's other side.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

February 15, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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January 11, 2007

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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March 25, 2006
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