Frozen River Reviews

August 26, 2009
Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity
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.
July 17, 2009
Early scenes have a raddled power. Later ones slip into a Chistmastide slush of contrivance and redemption.
February 13, 2009
A so-called "character study" in which the characters bend and fluctuate according to the demands of the plot.
September 19, 2008
...the icy river isn't the only thing that doesn't flow...
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.
August 1, 2008
Not helping is an epilogue that suggests that money can, in fact, buy you love.
August 1, 2008
The gritty Leo is gaunt and harried, but tough company to travel with.
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.
August 1, 2008
Too often burdened by its own symbolism, Frozen River is buoyed by Melissa Leo's nuanced performance.
August 1, 2008
July 31, 2008
dull and expositional, often working against the authenticity that Leo and Upham bring to their roles
July 31, 2008
Regrettably not that deep.
July 30, 2008
Frozen River is one little piece of misery.
July 27, 2008
Director Courtney Hunt's drama of poverty, illegal immigration and American Indian dystopia suffers from an underdeveloped script and amateur performances.
March 13, 2008
A dubious mix of suspense and social melodrama.