Ashes in the Snow Reviews

December 26, 2019
A dull tour of a grimly compelling historic subject.
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.
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
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.