Ashes in the Snow Reviews

December 26, 2019
A dull tour of a grimly compelling historic subject.
September 14, 2019
It is relentlessly bleak, but within that tonal bleakness there is some really striking imagery.
July 10, 2019
Brings the horror and suffering to life.
January 25, 2019
... can't decide whether it wants to be a character study about a young artist or a more comprehensive examination of wartime genocide. It's not especially convincing either way.
January 22, 2019
In a tale that is at once overexplained and undercooked, there's almost no trace of recognizable humanity. So even when we are shown truly disturbing images, we are so far removed from them that they are stripped of any real emotive weight.
January 17, 2019
True-to-book WWII adaptation is violent, sad, emotional.
January 12, 2019
Ashes in the Snow is a good, yet unsatisfying movie with the potential to have been so much better.
Top Critic
January 11, 2019
Filmmakers never seem to run out of footnotes to history during World War II. This one is better served in the pages of a novel. It doesn't work on film.
January 11, 2019
The script and direction ... [are] dealing with actual historical atrocities and tragedies, and distilling them into another resilience-of-the-human-spirit bromide.
January 10, 2019
Markevicius and Jones find meaning in the small moments of humanity within the horrors of war - those times when the oppressed and even the oppressors get a chance, just for a little while, to be people.
January 10, 2019
Sometimes only a fine line separates tragic sweep from a movie that never comes to life as anything other than actors dressed in costumes, straining to inhabit an alien chapter of history.
January 4, 2019
Simplistic dialogue threatens to sink a drama with expansive cinematography, taking place in a pair of Soviet gulags and filmed in Lithuania.
October 22, 2018
A big, bold, and beautiful story that is equally matched with breathtaking cinematography and a haunting score.
October 6, 2018
The film is heartfelt and often powerful but sometimes too sluggish to carry maximum impact.