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Frozen River Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 6, 2015
This fine drama delivers a reality tougher than realism.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
Frozen River is bleak and uncompromising - and that's just how the Academy likes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
A pair of border-town losers come to represent everyone who's ever been up against it in this country, especially the women.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
Melissa Leo's Oscar-nominated performance as a mother not above illegal business, but resolutely clinging to honesty and not giving into hypocrisy, is terrific. Hope comes from hard sacrifice in a finale proving sometimes possessions are our blessings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 24, 2009
Courtney Hunt's low-budget blue-collar thriller, Frozen River, is one of the most impressive feature debuts of the past several years.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 24, 2009
Actress Melissa Leo rightly earned an Oscar nomination for her part in this downbeat drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Paterson
Little White Lies
July 17, 2009
Frozen River is a taut, suspenseful thriller; a troubling of borders both cultural and national; and testament to the virtues of communion, empathy and compassion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2009
Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
July 17, 2009
Occasionally marred by contrivance and a crude internal logic that doesn't bear close scrutiny, 'Frozen River' works best as a knuckle-gnawing, blue-collar genre thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 17, 2009
Leo and Upham give performances of great conviction and the film is bold and uncliched: especially the matter-of-fact treatment of guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 17, 2009
It's Leo, with her pained and battered magnetism - half-pleading, half screw-you - who shakes the film out of its occasional glibness, notching up the performance of her career in thrilling, hungry style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 17, 2009
Everything about the film looks and feels authentic, from the desolate landscape dotted with trailers and fast-food joints to the people who populate a borderland that offers none of them much hope.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 17, 2009
A fascinating, understated look at the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 17, 2009
Cold yet never calculating, it's a fine film featuring a heart-rendingly knockout performance of steel and strength from Leo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 17, 2009
Leo and Upham make an unlikely double act in a finely written, well-played film with a striking plot and setting. Hunt's clearly a name to watch; Leo, meanwhile, can look forward to finally getting the recognition, and roles, she deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
July 17, 2009
As a quiet celebration of ordinary women's resourcefulness, the film is well-crafted, sensitively acted and modestly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
July 17, 2009
While there is much to admire, there is little to enjoy as downtrodden folk try to make money the hard way. At heart it is a sentimental drama that rarely connects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
July 17, 2009
Frozen River will penetrate your core like a biting Arctic wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 17, 2009
Early scenes have a raddled power. Later ones slip into a Chistmastide slush of contrivance and redemption.
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