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The Frozen Ground Reviews

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April 18, 2016
Cage hones his weary cop's character to a dull point, rough and ragged, like the lead of a detective's pencil scratching notes on a crumpled pad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 of 5
September 18, 2014
As written and directed by Scott Walker, THE FROZEN GROUND isn't great, but it's surprisingly effective, thanks to its no-frills approach and its care with the actors and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 10, 2014
It's all around safe and plain, simple and to the point, and all very, very by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 1, 2014
The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type.
December 10, 2013
The Frozen Ground is trying its best to act as a genuine tribute to the victims of a horrible crime. Unfortunately it falls short... Though still functioning as a solid genre piece, the chasm between intention and execution is embarrassingly apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2013
The Frozen Ground isn't innovative, but it is a well-paced and engaging thriller that has the added appeal of a truth-based narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2013
In a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens' 'victim' is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack.
September 30, 2013
The scenes where Cage grills Cusack are the best thing about this very average thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 2, 2013
Choppy and chilling, it's destined for a quick burial in the icy tundra.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 29, 2013
A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
August 28, 2013
Are we mourning the loss of these women or delighting in their downfall, relishing their abuse? Cheap thrills destroy whatever pure intentions launched Ground, chaining the effort to the most banal of B-movie pursuits.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 27, 2013
"The Frozen Ground" trucks in cliche, as most serial killer and police procedural films do, but the strength of the acting (from the leads down to people with only one or two lines) helps ground the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2013
Impressive debut from New Zealand-born Scott Walker is told with style and panache. Strong performances, fevered pacing and immersive location lensing are big pluses pushing this from "B" pic to A-.
August 26, 2013
We've seen a lot of serial killer movies but this intriguing true story is well-acted and involving enough to be worth a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2013
A true crime period piece that somewhat interestingly eschews a lot of investigatory grind in favor of moral certitude and throwback, cat-and-mouse tension.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 23, 2013
Unfortunately, with a confusing script pocked with plot holes, The Frozen Ground misses an opportunity to create a lasting testament to their memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
August 23, 2013
Not bad at all. Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 23, 2013
A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 22, 2013
The movie's only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it's the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2013
Unfocused, flitting back and forth from separate Cage, Cusack, and Hudgens arcs without forming them into one vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
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