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The Last Winter Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2010
It's a pro-environmental apocalyptic shocker that works as a thinking man's ghost story pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Baret News
July 23, 2008
An eco-supernatural dreamscape companion piece to Al Gore's cautionary doc, An Incovenient Truth, and a thinking man's figurative and literal sub-Arctic chiller with a turbulent character-driven indie soul.
Cynthia Fuchs
October 19, 2007
As such terror is harder and harder to articulate, the film is most effective when it abandons dialogue and leaves the camera to do its very spooky work.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 19, 2007
Last Winter does make good on its intriguing premise. And after a dandy beginning and a so-so middle, it delivers a knockout ending.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 12, 2007
Fessenden, who directed, produced, cowrote, edited and even has a part in the film rightly values mood at least as much as he does delivering more abominable snow monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2007
Die-hard greenies may find this as unsettling as it's meant to be. For everyone else, it's closer to an atmospheric act of recycling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 28, 2007
It works eerily well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2007
This message hangs over the entire film... but Fessenden still manages to craft an intense and effective thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2007
Come for the eerie unworldly menace, but stay for the well-balanced currents of terror that manages to sustain itself throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
September 25, 2007
It's the imaginative background, and Fessenden's talent at insinuating it into the action, that counts -- and unnerves -- in this most chilling of global-warming movies.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 23, 2007
A well done low budget indie production that lets the viewers' imagination picture how bad it gets when mother earth is finally pushed past the breaking point
| Original Score: 7/10
Louis Proyect
September 23, 2007
A horror movie about the consequences of global warming. Set in the Alaskan Wildlife Natural Reserve, the oil company is far scarier than the monsters that attack the movie's main characters.
Cole Smithey
September 22, 2007
Fessenden's best film to date is a horror movie built on eerie atmosphere and unspoken terror. Director of photography Magni Agustsson achieves beautiful visual textures and distances that allow hidden meanings to saturate the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
September 21, 2007
A richly drawn, ambitious character piece both socially relevant and genuinely suspenseful... This is filmmaking both gorgeous and deeply unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Hemphill
September 21, 2007
In the end, the scariest thing about The Last Winter is how few of its ideas seem truly fantastic or implausible.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 21, 2007
Even if this is no red-blooded shocker, its unsettling mood lingers long past the final fade-out, hinting at all sorts of retribution just lying in wait for polluters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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