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The story captures a slipstream of memory and regret, interweaving past and present and what might be happening in Virgil's mind as he reflects on lost family and lost chances.
"Winter in the Blood" portrays an often overlooked modern Native American life, and via the prose of James Welch, the film takes an unflinching and realistic look at some of the troubles that this community.
Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole.
The journey from page to screen may have battered Mr. Welch's novel, but its lamenting heart beats loud and clear.
Winter in the Blood turns out to be the wrong kind of heartbreaker.
[An] audacious, funny and often tender movie.
At the end of Winter In The Blood, there's a general sense that not everything the Smiths attempted has worked, but it's hard to separate the strong moments from the weak ones
Its offbeat aesthetic largely flaunts for appeal, suffocating character and thematic ambition underneath its flashiness.
Spencer has lots of potential star power. The truth of his performance provides the emotional core of this well-told drama.
There are worthwhile scenes, and the mood is occasionally affecting, but it doesn't come together as a singular piece overall, and that's too much to overlook.
Like a puzzle. Everything means something, and it's up to you to figure out what it is
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