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Coldwater Reviews

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October 24, 2018
"Coldwater" is at its best when it lets the emotions emerge gradually from its steely characters rather than when they're demonstrated openly, the reserved feelings ultimately building to a frenzied crescendo at the end.
May 8, 2018
It's a cat and mouse game with government officials threatening sanctions that never evolve into anything tangible as the boys discover their fate rests in their own hands with a nightmarish Lord of Flies-esque climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 28, 2015
A rather classic, but skillfully - and tastefully, despite the graphic content - executed drama that tracks the painful blossoming of maturity during a crisis of authority and morality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 5, 2014
The film transcends its B-movie template with realistic performances and taut direction, yet never spares the thrills.
August 27, 2014
For a first time feature outing, "Coldwater" is a fine effort from Grashaw, and the setting feels fresh and new. It's an original take on a coming of age, young masculinity tale, but ultimately, it doesn't quite live up to all of its potential
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 22, 2014
It's a grim but engaging drama and a first feature from writer/director Vincent Grashaw.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2014
Grashaw draws out fascinating, textured performances from his cast, notably James C. Burns as the retired marine in charge and Nicholas Bateman as a conflicted trustee.
August 18, 2014
The horrors in Coldwater continue unchecked for the majority of the movie. It's a very visceral experience, leaving the audience no room to hide from their own discomfort.
August 18, 2014
The best thing about it is its star, P.J. Boudousqué, who locates a sense of terror and betrayal that the script lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2014
Teens trapped at the wilderness camp from hell act out in violent ways in a well-intentioned expose that steps on its message.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2014
It does a lot right, but ultimately it offers little to distinguish itself from countless like-minded stories.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2014
It's a promising topic for a drama, and Greshaw's talented leading man carries it until the filmmaker steals it from him and destroys everything built up in the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 14, 2014
A punishing, predictable drama that's almost rescued by strong acting and good intentions.
August 14, 2014
There's a compelling, perhaps important thriller to be made about dark doings at for-profit juvenile detention camps, but "Coldwater" misses the mark.
August 14, 2014
Grashaw effectively charts the unhealthy power dynamics, though he seems still to be finding his way at conceiving characters, directing actors, and establishing tone.
August 13, 2014
Grashaw has an affinity for the misdirected energies of these troubled teens and their despair in the face of their jailers' capricious punishments.
August 13, 2014
Strong lead performances and attractive cinematography are occasionally overwhelmed by a spotty script, but the end product is suspenseful and compelling enough and marks Boudousqué, Burns and Grashaw as talents to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 13, 2014
Lies somewhere between indignant expose and unusually tasteful exploitation pic, with shower scenes and sweaty young delinquents aplenty.
August 13, 2014
The process is harsh, the ultimate results filled with rage.
August 12, 2014
Coldwater is almost boastfully grim.
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