First Snow Reviews

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May 13, 2009
The movie has a lovely paranoia about it that Pearce, as Memento and L.A. Confidential told us, is a master at conveying.
April 23, 2009
Predictability hangs over Mark Fergus's skillful debut feature, but not enough to detract from the intensity of the mood, the rhythm, and the performances.
January 29, 2009
A first rate thriller, First Snow is about a man haunted by his past who revisits it in a bid to change his destiny. It's a terrific role for Guy Pearce, who ably carries the film on his shoulders
December 4, 2007
A fresh, intelligent and thoroughly involving psychological thriller.
November 27, 2007
I was beguiled by both the eerie moods and the striking compositions, which incorporate large stretches of empty space.
June 30, 2007
A smart, tense modern film noir.
June 23, 2007
First Snow is an auspicious directorial debut for Mark Fergus. It will be interesting to see what he does next.
April 26, 2007
Brings little new to the genre apart from another outstanding performance by Pearce.
April 26, 2007
The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists.
April 23, 2007
First Snow is a sharp thriller with abstract pretentiousness. The writers were clever enough to approach a simple philosophical question in a devious and brusque way.
April 20, 2007
A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma.
April 20, 2007
...the interest dissipates pretty quickly and the movie becomes a dreary plod...
April 18, 2007
The subdued ending might disappoint those hoping for a more lively denouement, but really, it seems just right for a tale as chilly as this one.
April 14, 2007
Offers the satisfaction of a compelling story well told.
April 13, 2007
[The filmmakers] raise intriguing questions about fate and destiny, and they get a soulful performance from Pearce.
April 13, 2007
Fate plays havoc with a salesman's existence in [this] bleak psychological thriller about life and death in the New Mexico desert.
April 12, 2007
It's a film of great promise, but loses dramatic circulation the longer it spends time chasing its own tail.
April 12, 2007
Co-screenwriter/director Mark Fergus isn't able to build any palpable tension. And the fact that we're not really rooting for his protagonist to survive works against the material.
April 12, 2007
Takes a silly premise -- a fortune teller predicts imminent doom! -- and spins it into a thoughtful, intelligent story about fate vs. free will.
April 12, 2007
This is first-rate work from a talented actor who is fated to become a star.
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