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Snow Angels Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
February 2, 2009
So when the film's moment of horror arrives, it's not with suspense but instead the sort of dully anticipatory inevitability that drains as much energy from the story as from the audience.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2008
It's a movie that keeps its distance from the characters, so much that we can shudder at what we fear is to come but aren't really allowed to mourn the innocent trapped in this downward spiral.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 11, 2008
A perfect match of material and sensibility.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 11, 2008
It's well-made. Searingly acted. Potent. And by the time it was over, its climax realized at the water's edge of insanity and grief, I felt beaten about the head with sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 3, 2008
Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2008
The writing and the performances are such that as things go from bad (sad motel-room affairs) to worse (a 4-year-old gone missing), the film's characters get inside your skin, your soul. It's enough to make you want to cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
Rockwell gives a towering performance, perhaps the best of his zigzagging career.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2008
David Gordon Green, among the most gifted of the young independent filmmakers, creates a mood that engulfs you in the lives of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 21, 2008
Thoughtfully crafted but ultimately lugubrious, Green's latest only really connects when the director sticks to the small stuff.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2008
So do the final 15 minutes negate the power of all that's gone before? Unfortunately, yes. Unless, that is, you're in the mood to embrace awfulness. In which case, rock on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 21, 2008
Enough with these meek, banal exercises, David Gordon Green. Hit me with the sledgehammer in your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2008
It's a relatively impersonal project for Green, though the performances are never less than genuine and the two stories unfold in graceful counterpoint as the movie hurtles toward a harrowing and heartbreaking conclusion.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 21, 2008
The sabotage plotting, sometimes engaging dialogue, visual inventiveness, a distant soundtrack and some occasionally gripping performances only add up to a film that leaves one feeling as frozen as those snow angels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2008
Snow Angels will please steadfast [David Gordon] Green fans, even if its star power makes it seem as if he's been inching toward the mainstream all along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 20, 2008
A drama that finds a delicate balance between the consolations of romance and the bitterness of its failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
March 20, 2008
What, after all, is Snow Angels? It feels like a comedy at first and is often blackly comedic, but it also reflects a universe in which each human spins alone.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2008
With the sublimely moving Snow Angels, writer-director David Gordon Green has made the best film about parents, children and relational perils since Little Children.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 20, 2008
Director David Gordon Green gives us glimpses into the lives of the characters populating his canvas but there's a feeling that he's only scratching the surfaces of stories that have deeper undercurrents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 15, 2008
A great director shines a light into the lives of the ordinary; a lame one offs a child and pretends that's magnitude.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 14, 2008
The plot becomes disjointed in the second half and suffers from tone changes. Still, the performances are compelling enough to make Snow Angels worth seeing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2008
Snow Angels begins with a wink, but it ends with a sucker punch. And somehow this doesn't feel fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2008
The film's success is due in large part to actors who are both faithful to all the social minutiae and seductive enough to keep you watching.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 10, 2008
David Gordon Green, I've loved all of his films. And the cast is just uniformly excellent here.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 7, 2008
Despite some foreshadowing in the opening scene, the film's change of key in the second half feels like a betrayal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 7, 2008
Rockwell's never been a guy who makes a movie comfortable, but when he turns up in this film, he brings along a serious case of the willies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 7, 2008
For a film full of murder, jealousy and fatalism, Snow Angels feels curiously small and anecdotal, and its impact diminishes as it nears its terrible conclusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 6, 2008
In spite of strong performances and a characteristically vivid sense of place, the film feels disjointed and heavy.
| Original Score: B-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 6, 2008
Writer-director David Gordon Green's brave and magnificently performed period piece (mid-'70s) witnesses an adolescent's first romance as it blossoms amid a dissonant backdrop of disintegrating marriages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2008
Snow Angels is such a fascinating smorgasbord of flawed behavior that it exerts the voyeuristic pull of a first-rate small-town soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 5, 2008
It's one of the most relentlessly honest and bleakly disturbing mirrors to American despair since American Beauty, at half the price.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
March 5, 2008
Green keeps mum until the end, charging his tale with an effective (if manipulative) aura of suspense.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 3, 2008
Parts of it are amusing, and there are wintry images that eat into the mind. But it's one of the most disjunctive things I've ever sat through.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2007
The beautiful outdoor photography extends [director] Green's fascination with nature as a realm of beauty and danger, a place where men, women and children alike experience their final reckonings.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2007
While often hard to watch because of its unflinching portrayal of the ugliness that love can take, Snow Angels succeeds because of the depth of its well-drawn characters.