Frozen River Synopsis
A financially strapped mother joins a Mohawk woman to smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S.
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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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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...
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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...
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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 --...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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By jodeejoe
Well-deserved Oscar nomination for Melissa Leo. Too bad most people haven't seen the film....

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By cubsfans
It was well acted, but a very depressing movie. Did not enjoy !...

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By lugubriousthespian
Well, for once the Academy got something decidedly right when nominating Melissa Leo's performance for best actress!! What a stark, unbelievably enthralling story is told in the bleakest of...

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By bandit9960
i liked the movie. it was different. very well done. i got caught up in the story. the actors were very good and it was a good story....

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By richardmlawless
One of the best, most nuanced movies I've seen in a long time. Powerful, moving and provocative. Definitely worth seeing....

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By doloresnell
I thought this was a great movie with REAL working class women portrayed and their lives. "There but for fortune..." And I was riveted. All the acting was phenomenal. It just felt so real. Go. ...

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By knesek04
This is an excellent film. "No Sugar-coating. A story of "real life issues". A film of desperation, of fear, of courage, of mothers love of their children. A gritty but inspiring must see...

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By hh946
The movie was sensitve, authenic and beautifully acted giving an unusually realistic look at hardscrabble lives of financially desparate people. A small movie with a big impact....

Frozen River - Good but...

Born and raised in Massena, NY, I was excited to see a film set in the North Country. The acting was very good, the story was good, but little things got in the way of my full enjoyment of the...

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By buster15
outstanding. acting, photography, story. the theater was full and not a sound was heard during the entire film. not one cough, chair squeak, someone's voice or the sound of candy wrap. not one...

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Rated R | For some language
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