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Winter Passing Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 11, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2006
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2006
Midway through, Rapp loses momentum, failing to hone in on just what kind of movie he wants to make, and Winter Passing languishes in that no-man's land between tiny, meandering, indie drama and plotted, pointed family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2006
This flawed drama about a self-destructive young actress and her reclusive novelist father has its rewards, mainly in some good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
There are intriguing actors and ideas here, but only occasionally do they combine with convincing force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
March 9, 2006
It's a disturbing movie, particularly the first half, and one not easily digested.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 9, 2006
Winter Passing is one dull, extended encounter session among hackneyed characters.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2006
A kind of lugubrious shtick takes over.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 16, 2006
Adam Rapp's story of an embittered child's homecoming and confrontation with a parent throws off dramatic sparks, but they never flare into a blaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 16, 2006
[Rapp] brings out in Deschanel a sense of yearning, an avidity, that hits home. It's her most emotionally layered performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2006
The writer-director's affection for those characters is apparent, but with the exception of a few unpredictable moments from Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, Winter Passing finds only cliche as it reaches for profundity.
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 16, 2006
It distinguishes itself thanks to assured performances that burn with quiet conviction.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 15, 2006
Adam Rapp, who wrote and directed this ordeal, overloads a synthetic storyline with more complex and hard-won epiphanies than such a fragile little movie can support.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
February 14, 2006
The film is so grindingly predictable that I was writing out a full plot synopsis in my notebook before it was half over, though the thick grains of Terry Stacey's photography and Deschanel's understated performance add a little kick.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 22, 2005
Family drama appears content to present the situation without going for anything remotely close to the emotional jugular.