• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Josh Sternfeld
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 13, 2005
  • Paramount Classics


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Winter Solstice Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Audiences may not get too excited about devastated people who conduct their social lives at the local Dairy Queen.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 18, 2005
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Winter Solstice thrives solely on how much understatement you can actually handle in a movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a gem...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Something that's increasingly rare: a stringently subtextual drama....when they finally arrive, the epiphanies are small ones.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Solstice offers solace. It is quiet, understated and powerful as a single chapter in several changing lives.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2005
Joshua Tanzer

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 Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 8, 2005
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

To read between the lines in Winter Solstice, you better bring a magnifying glass.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

May 12, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Such a low-key drama that I'm not sure anything happens in it at all.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

May 10, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Give Winter Solstice some credit for taking an unexpected route.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

May 6, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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

May 6, 2005
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

May 6, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The filmmaker understands that quiet desperation is often more moving than noisy suffering.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2005
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Flashy it certainly ain't, but there's no discounting the value of a decent story well told, especially these days.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

May 2, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The chill in the air is deadening for the viewer.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2005
Pete Croatto

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2005
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