Frozen River Reviews

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October 30, 2019
Focused, poignant and expertly-crafted, Frozen River asks a great deal of an audience used to tales of triumph against all the odds and happy endings but it's about as rewarding a viewing experience as you're likely to find.
August 15, 2018
Frozen River delivers a harrowing journey with just enough hope under the surface to make it a memorable ride.
July 6, 2018
Melissa Leo must take at least as much credit for the film's successes as her director. She isn't merely tough as old boots - she makes old boots look like ballet shoes.
February 5, 2018
Courtney Hunt's work is a dramatic thriller, but it is also a rich character study of a woman we have all met.
September 12, 2017
... I thought the performances were good, but I just thought it could have done more.
March 6, 2015
This fine drama delivers a reality tougher than realism.
October 21, 2014
Frozen River is bleak and uncompromising - and that's just how the Academy likes it.
November 18, 2011
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.
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.
September 8, 2009
August 26, 2009
Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity
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.
July 24, 2009
Actress Melissa Leo rightly earned an Oscar nomination for her part in this downbeat drama.
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.
July 17, 2009
Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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