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The Last Winter Reviews

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 21, 2007
Larry Fessenden has fashioned a different kind of horror movie here, one that moves at glacial speed, offers few scares and provides the viewer virtually no satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 21, 2007
Consistently chilling (no, that's not a pun), with crisp, haunting visuals and sound character relationships.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
September 21, 2007
Fessenden can't get a rhythm going in this film to build to his big conclusion, he renders it silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2007
[It] accomplishes with a modest budget and a talented cast what bigger, slicker, gorier contemporary horror movies rarely do. It taps into a collective dread compounded by the guilt of our complicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 20, 2007
Gruesome things happen in The Last Winter, but there's no gratuitous gore or torture, and the film's real power comes from its building sense that something really, really bad is about to happen.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 20, 2007
Call it the first green horror picture, punctuated by ample doses of red. Oh, and it's also scary as f--k.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 20, 2007
The acting's good, the camera work is haunting and [director] Fessenden continues to build his image as the thinking person's creepmeister.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 20, 2007
The film deserves attention, not just because of its important global warming message but as a genre piece done a little more intelligently.
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 20, 2007
It features a supernatural threat, but it doesn't need one, because the film works so brilliantly as simply a psychological mood piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 19, 2007
Ues conventional chills to create a surging diatribe on humanity‚(TM)s willingness to let nature fall into disarray.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 19, 2007
Something wicked this way comes in the nifty horror film The Last Winter, crawling through the hallways and howling into the dread night.
| Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 19, 2007
...the film should please Fessenden's loyal followers and win him new ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2007
Fessenden consistently ignores contemporary trends in fright films; his brand of horror unfolds at the intersection of myth and modern-day malaise and gets there by way of a slow, excruciating build up rather than a series of short, sharp shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 19, 2007
Fessenden's best film and a huge turning point for him as a filmmaker, promising even stronger work to come.
| Original Score: 8/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 18, 2007
takes a smart and terrifying scenario and plays it out to the logical extreme
| Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 18, 2007
Sparse special effects are pretty hokey, and the plot is nothing new, rehashing as it does scores of sci-fi-slash-horror films over many years.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
September 17, 2007
Has a look and feel all its own, but Fessenden's ambition ultimately butts heads with his budget.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 17, 2007
The Last Winter was shot in northern Iceland and Alaska, and despite some too-explicit imagery in the final moments, the claustrophobia-to-psychosis continuum is harrowingly fluid.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 15, 2007
This is Fessenden's most impressive production to date with its swooping camerawork, majestic landscape and mounting sense of doom....The Thing meets An Inconvenient Truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2007
What with his interest in using B movies as vehicles for intelligent political and psychological inquiries, Larry Fessenden is the type of genre craftsman easy to champion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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