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Winter Solstice Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2005
Every now and then the mood piece Sternfeld is after flickers briefly into life, only to slump back into inertia.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2005
So much is unspoken and this slice of reality is so thin and slow as to make the film downright unsatisfying.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2005
Radiates airless artificiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
May 10, 2005
Such a low-key drama that I'm not sure anything happens in it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 15, 2005
We learn little about the characters other than that they're bored and restless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Arthur Lazere
April 19, 2005
What's missing is any real drama--there's no protagonist/antagonist conflict..; there's little fresh in the observations of mourning and the perennial parent/child tug-of-war.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 28, 2005
The texture of naturalism in "Winter Solstice" is impressive... but the lulling rhythms seem to exist for their own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 29, 2005
Empty people leading lonely lives - if there was some character growth this might be more compelling, but without that, the movie seems a bit empty as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 7, 2005
The blind faith of youth flies in the face of a grieving father's stubborn refusal to engage life and delivers a simple message of hope and sunny days to come..
| Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 12, 2005
To read between the lines in Winter Solstice, you better bring a magnifying glass.
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
April 7, 2005
Winter Solstice is the kind of ambling, event-free family drama that will either draw audiences in with its gentle, understated power or quietly bore them out of their skulls.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Joshua Tanzer
June 8, 2005
Sternfeld started with well-conceived characters and simply didn't succeed in making them flesh. These people have traits instead of personalities; goals instead of dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 6, 2005
A slice-of-life film that, while well-acted, isn't compelling enough to rise to a tale to which you'd want to give two hours of your undivided attention.
| Original Score: 2/4
Edward Havens
April 7, 2005
Winter Solstice isn't a bad movie, not by a long shot. But then, it's not a very interesting one either, not by a long shot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brett Buckalew
April 18, 2005
Director Sternfeld's sense of drama is so underdeveloped that he pretends swirling characters in inert tornadoes of grief is enough for a coherent plot.
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Audiences may not get too excited about devastated people who conduct their social lives at the local Dairy Queen.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 21, 2005
Granted, we're not wild about hams who try to flood the theater with emotion, but having them bottle up everything while they stand around looking gloomy isn't the answer, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
April 28, 2005
Anthony LaPaglia does understated wonders...He could beat David Duchovny in an underacting contest. Few movies score so many true moments. And few add up to less.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 13, 2005
Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 9, 2005
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 1, 2005
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April 7, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 14, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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June 24, 2006
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