Winter Solstice Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Audiences may not get too excited about devastated people who conduct their social lives at the local Dairy Queen.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2005
Winter Solstice is an intense drama and all the action is internal. LaPaglia is such a fine actor and every nuance of his bottled up Jim comes through, as he struggles to not only be a good father, but to find a direction in his own life.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
October 20, 2005
Winter Solstice thrives solely on how much understatement you can actually handle in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 30, 2005
...a gem...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 12, 2005
Something that's increasingly rare: a stringently subtextual drama....when they finally arrive, the epiphanies are small ones.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
June 10, 2005
Solstice offers solace. It is quiet, understated and powerful as a single chapter in several changing lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
June 8, 2005
Sternfeld started with well-conceived characters and simply didn't succeed in making them flesh. These people have traits instead of personalities; goals instead of dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 13, 2005
Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 12, 2005
To read between the lines in Winter Solstice, you better bring a magnifying glass.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 10, 2005
Such a low-key drama that I'm not sure anything happens in it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 6, 2005
This movie deserves to be seen -- and learned from. It captures the moments in which each of us stares out across an emptiness, searching for a connection that will keep us from falling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 6, 2005
Give Winter Solstice some credit for taking an unexpected route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 6, 2005
Scene after scene of halting conversations, meaningful glances and awkward pauses that will leave you as cold as the ominous title implies.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 6, 2005
It's the kind of narrow-gauged drama that either will drive you crazy or absorb you in its low-key rhythms. Mostly, I went along for the ride.
| Original Score: B
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 6, 2005
A slice-of-life film that, while well-acted, isn't compelling enough to rise to a tale to which you'd want to give two hours of your undivided attention.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2005
The filmmaker understands that quiet desperation is often more moving than noisy suffering.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
May 2, 2005
Flashy it certainly ain't, but there's no discounting the value of a decent story well told, especially these days.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 1, 2005
The chill in the air is deadening for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
April 30, 2005
We've seen the same material in umpteen other films, and we've learned everything about the characters during the first third of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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