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Writer/director Adam Green has the beginnings of an inventive, frightening yarn in Frozen, but neither the script nor the cast are quite strong enough to truly do it justice.



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A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they've been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down. With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death.


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Critic Reviews for Frozen

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (35)

  • Frozen is a tour de force, not because of exceptional performances by the actors, but rather the outstanding directing of Adam Green, who also wrote the script. The script gave Green a limited area within which to work, and he carried it off superbly.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • Green orchestrates all this with some skill but not too much gore. A minor tour de force.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Fiendish, sweaty and tense as hell. One to watch through the fingers.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • It's a stunt film that only just overcomes the challenge it's set itself.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Top Critic
  • Adam Green's taut, toe-curling survival thriller is better than it should be: the concept and the characters' behaviour are mostly plausible, the script is dark and funny, the acting is adequate, and the wildlife scenes are convincing.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • There's not enough here for 90 minutes.

    Feb 8, 2010

Audience Reviews for Frozen

  • Mar 12, 2015
    The fact that this film is tense and terrifying as hell and has three great performances is what compensates for a generally thin dialogue and the characters' lack of intelligence, bringing to mind other great minimalist horror movies like Open Water but with wolves instead of sharks.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    The Audience is by now used to mindless horror featuring Trey Songz and isn't used to the feeling of helplessness, and their being no real tangable antagonist. Thats what makes this movie so good. It has the cliche's. The tough one, the stupid one ect, ect.. Aside from that this is a real nail bitter and will make you flinch as you watch it.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Horror about three friends that manage to get a last minute ride on a chairlift at a local skiing weekend only for the system to be shut off and the building closed for the rest of the week leaving the gang stranded, up high and in the freezing cold with hungry wolves waiting below. Frozen has some great moments of tension throughout and is pretty scary if you put yourself in the friends situation and its a credit to the actors for making it believable and also wrter/director Adam Green. previously known for the Hatchet films, for showing he can do more than the, albeit fun, hack and slash of the Hatchet films.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2012
    [img][/img] I desperately wanted to like this movie. But I couldn't. It's not a great start to a review but I honestly think Frozen is a hugely creative horror thriller, when director Adam Green was shooting it I bet there wasn't a single angle shot in the compressed environment in which the story is set that he didn't capture on camera. But despite the creativity and the genius of it's spine tingling premise, it doesn't deliver as many scares as you think it would. To put it simply, horror only ever works when you care about the characters who are stuck in the horrifying situations that are shown on screen, and in the case of Frozen I never got gripped into the illusion that the actors were in any real danger. If a film with a plot like this never appears believeable then everything else at some point falls apart. I think the key reasons why it never becomes interesting or suspenseful, and instead get's fairly predictable is down to the fact that the cast is poor and so is the script. It's undeniable that it's beautifully shot and very well-directed but the writing and the characters are the problem. In the right hands this film could have followed in the footsteps of tight thrillers like Phone Booth but since I never found the characters interesting enough to sympathise for them it never felt as terrifying as the thought of being trapped on a ski lift in the middle of the night myself. However it's not a bad film by a major stretch, there are a couple of moments of small scares and truly extraordinary make up and gore effect design but it's never as fist-gnawingly petrifying as it needs to be to work as a solid horror picture.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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