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Winter Solstice Reviews

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November 18, 2005
Winter Solstice is an intense drama and all the action is internal. LaPaglia is such a fine actor and every nuance of his bottled up Jim comes through, as he struggles to not only be a good father, but to find a direction in his own life.
October 20, 2005
Winter Solstice thrives solely on how much understatement you can actually handle in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2005
...a gem...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 12, 2005
Something that's increasingly rare: a stringently subtextual drama....when they finally arrive, the epiphanies are small ones.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
Solstice offers solace. It is quiet, understated and powerful as a single chapter in several changing lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
This movie deserves to be seen -- and learned from. It captures the moments in which each of us stares out across an emptiness, searching for a connection that will keep us from falling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
It's the kind of narrow-gauged drama that either will drive you crazy or absorb you in its low-key rhythms. Mostly, I went along for the ride.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 4, 2005
The filmmaker understands that quiet desperation is often more moving than noisy suffering.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2005
Flashy it certainly ain't, but there's no discounting the value of a decent story well told, especially these days.
April 29, 2005
The title is too cutesy and clever, but it's about the only unsubtle aspect of this poignant, humble drama that'll probably get lost amid the multiplex bombast, but shouldn't.
April 29, 2005
A small diamond among so much emotional zirconia.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2005
In an impressive feature debut, director-screenwriter Josh Sternfeld takes an observant, nuanced look at human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2005
An extraordinary film about ordinary people, a lovely chamber-music piece in an era dominated by bombastic symphonic-scaled movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 23, 2005
It is satisfying to see fine actors express emotions in a completely relatable way, but the dimensions of the sorrows and understanding depicted don't really make for much dramatic excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2005
It may take viewers awhile to recognize just how good Winter Solstice is.
April 22, 2005
The performances are excellent...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
This kind of conceptual and directorial control isn't as easy to accomplish as it might look, and it's particularly welcome in this era of overheated hysteria, both on the screen and off.
April 21, 2005
The atmosphere of awkward, wounded retreat in the Winters house comes through in Josh Sternfeld's tentative, earnest dialogue and in the quiet, unadorned way the movie is shot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
What elevates the film from the mundanity of the character arcs -- if you can call them that -- are the numerous moments of silence.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2005
This is minimalist filmmaking at its finest -- beautifully acted, dramatically fulfilling, often funny and achingly true.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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