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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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"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.
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.
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
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.