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Frozen River Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
August 8, 2008
Hunt might have made a more organic and insightful film if she'd used the story's dangers as the silent underpinnings for the relationship. Instead, those elements swell into the foreground and take symbolic shapes that ring false at every turn.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 1, 2008
The gritty Leo is gaunt and harried, but tough company to travel with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 19, 2008
...the icy river isn't the only thing that doesn't flow...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
July 27, 2008
Director Courtney Hunt's drama of poverty, illegal immigration and American Indian dystopia suffers from an underdeveloped script and amateur performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 13, 2009
A so-called "character study" in which the characters bend and fluctuate according to the demands of the plot.
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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
July 31, 2008
dull and expositional, often working against the authenticity that Leo and Upham bring to their roles
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
August 1, 2008
The chill of Frozen River is so unpleasantly relentless that it's likely to leave viewers dispirited, numb, and wondering what to make of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 13, 2008
A dubious mix of suspense and social melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Armond White
New York Press
July 30, 2008
Frozen River is one little piece of misery.
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David Fear
Time Out
July 31, 2008
Regrettably not that deep.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
Cynthia Fuchs
August 1, 2008
Too often burdened by its own symbolism, Frozen River is buoyed by Melissa Leo's nuanced performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 1, 2008
Not helping is an epilogue that suggests that money can, in fact, buy you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Simon Miraudo
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 21, 2008
Courtney Hunt's Frozen River is the first great film of the fall. It has great actors playing vivid characters in a setting that makes for a clash of cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2008
Frozen River is one of those rare independent films that knows precisely what it intends, and what the meaning of the story is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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