Dawson City: Frozen Time Reviews

September 21, 2017
Morrison goes on to concoct a fascinatingly alternate history of the early 20th century, far too complex to recount here. It's all made even more compelling for being presented with no voice-overs, only a mesmerizing score from Alex Somers of Sigur Ros
July 12, 2017
We come away with a contemplative suspicion that we're all participating in something, and even if we don't ever get to see the big picture, there probably is one and it might even make sense.
June 28, 2017
The true magic that "Dawson City" captures is, simply, the mystery of film itself: a medium that turned people into shadows that burned brighter than life.
June 15, 2017
In "Dawson City," Morrison offers a fiercely precise and discerning look at movies themselves as embodiments of history.
June 15, 2017
Bill Morrison, whose extraordinary documentary Decasia turned decomposing film stock into the stuff of avante-garde reverie, returns with another staggering journey into the past.
June 15, 2017
The thrilling documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time" is indescribable not because it's ambiguous (it's totally straightforward) but because it does so many things so beautifully it is hard to know where to begin.
June 9, 2017
The movie's aesthetic is uniquely beautiful.
June 9, 2017
As an act of preservation, Frozen Time is a marvel, a miracle, a complete good. As an act of storytelling, it's still a bit too cold for the nitrate to catch fire.
June 9, 2017
The rise and fall of Dawson City, intimately tied to the vagaries of climate and man's greed, is heartbreakingly rendered.
June 9, 2017
A film that offers an abundance of celluloid and historical riches.
June 8, 2017
An instantaneously recognizable masterpiece.
June 7, 2017
Frozen Time is at its best in moments ... when it uses Morrison's obsessive interest in cinematic detritus to express rather than inform.
June 7, 2017
I miss the weird, metaphoric entropy, which Morrison would always score but not narrate, but watching this forgotten history happen is cool, too.
June 5, 2017
Documentarian Bill Morrison delivers a worthy follow-up to his classic 2002 film Decasia with another cinematic tone poem dedicated to the glories of silent cinema.