Winter Solstice Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 29, 2005
The title is too cutesy and clever, but it's about the only unsubtle aspect of this poignant, humble drama that'll probably get lost amid the multiplex bombast, but shouldn't.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 29, 2005
A small diamond among so much emotional zirconia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2005
In an impressive feature debut, director-screenwriter Josh Sternfeld takes an observant, nuanced look at human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 26, 2005
An extraordinary film about ordinary people, a lovely chamber-music piece in an era dominated by bombastic symphonic-scaled movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
April 23, 2005
It is satisfying to see fine actors express emotions in a completely relatable way, but the dimensions of the sorrows and understanding depicted don't really make for much dramatic excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 22, 2005
It may take viewers awhile to recognize just how good Winter Solstice is.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 22, 2005
The performances are excellent...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 21, 2005
This kind of conceptual and directorial control isn't as easy to accomplish as it might look, and it's particularly welcome in this era of overheated hysteria, both on the screen and off.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 21, 2005
The atmosphere of awkward, wounded retreat in the Winters house comes through in Josh Sternfeld's tentative, earnest dialogue and in the quiet, unadorned way the movie is shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 21, 2005
What elevates the film from the mundanity of the character arcs -- if you can call them that -- are the numerous moments of silence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 21, 2005
This is minimalist filmmaking at its finest -- beautifully acted, dramatically fulfilling, often funny and achingly true.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 1, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 14, 2005
Leonard Maltin
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April 9, 2005
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AV Club
April 7, 2005
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