100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sometimes two performances come along that are so perfectly matched that no overt signals are needed to show how the characters feel about each other. That's what happens between Melissa Leo and Misty Upham in Frozen River.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A tale of ordinary Americans scraping bottom, yet there's a redemption in that. The film asks: If you were this desperate, wouldn't you do the same?
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is a debut feature, though you'd never know it from the filmmaker's commandingly confident style, or from the heartbreaking beauty -- heartbreaking, then heartmending -- of Melissa Leo's performance as a poor single mother who's living her whole life on thin ice.
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88

Chicago Tribune

Possibly one of the biggest reasons Frozen River stands out among bad-decision movies is that Ray never really tries to justify her actions.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
There is no shortage of indie movies about economically challenged women. This one is different, in that the women actually do something besides just talk about it.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Does what too many independent American movies only pretend to do: Takes you to an unnoticed corner of our country and shows what it's like to actually live there.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If we're going to be honest, we need to look inside and ask ourselves: Do we really want to see a listless movie about a woman whose dream is to move into a double-wide trailer?
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Has moments of honesty, but more often the barren landscape - both outside and inside - drains the emotions out of the film.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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