The Frozen Ground Reviews

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August 22, 2019
Here is a testament to the considerable tension that can be mounted from a cast determined to give realistic performances paired with a director that seems to know something about developing realistic characters.
March 9, 2018
There's not much between this and a Sunday-night drama, but the ice-bound setting is different and beautiful.
November 8, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 29, 2013
A chilling thriller with first-rate performances by John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2013
Not bad at all. Nicolas Cage gives his best performance in years.
August 23, 2013
A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ...
August 20, 2013
Featuring great work from Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and most surprisingly Vanessa Hudgens, The Frozen Ground is an old school thriller with plenty to offer.
August 19, 2013
Nice to see Nic Cage go back to being subtle in this solid, if seldom surprising thriller
August 2, 2013
As a debut thriller of high-profile interest (in the story of Hansen), Walker has held his own and produced something very watchable and well executed.
August 1, 2013
Hangs a tad slackly between thriller and procedural, but still holds attention throughout.
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