Frozen River Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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
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
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.
July 17, 2009
Frozen River represents one of the best examples of the new trend for austerity and social realism in American indie cinema.
February 27, 2009
Hunt's grip on the impulsive fumblings of real-life behaviour is so firm that you stay with her all the way, almost forgetting to breathe. It's a simple story but a primal one, and it gives Leo the role she's long deserved.
February 20, 2009
Despite a few contrived plot turns and some heavy handed symbolism, this first feature from writer-director Courtney Hunt can be recommended as a thriller, as a tearjerker, and as a regional study.
February 10, 2009
Frozen River let me forget I was watching a movie, something that didn't happen often in 2008.
September 5, 2008
There are moments of poetry on display.
August 29, 2008
It moves and it heals, finding hints of redemption in the jagged face of life.
August 29, 2008
The miracle of filmmaker Courtney Hunt's tense, carefully understated debut is that it is made better by its few flights of fancy.
August 29, 2008
Frozen River isn't just a good movie made by a woman; it's a good movie on anyone's terms, one of the year's best. To find hope beneath this ice, in this ugly terrain, is to dream big.
August 28, 2008
Made with uncommon skill and assurance, the film never succumbs to rank sentimentality, but it manages to get at the nuances of human relationships.
August 28, 2008
Frozen River, a story of abject desperation, feels so real and immediate that it plays almost like a documentary.
August 27, 2008
We quickly sense that the director of this film has unusual perception, and that whatever the story and performances turn out to be, she will make the most of them.
August 22, 2008
Frozen River does what too many independent American movies only pretend to do: Takes you to an unnoticed corner of our country and shows what it's like to actually live there.
August 22, 2008
It's fair to say that Hunt's first full-length feature, though uneven at times, holds the promise of better things to come.
August 21, 2008
An urgent and incomparably moving first feature from Courtney Hunt.
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.
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