63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Cage, without having to play a ghostly motorcyclist or hot rod driver from Hell or sorcerer or sci-fi hero or kinky cop, reminds us that he used to know subtlety. So even if Frozen Ground breaks little new ground in the serial killer thriller genre, there’s hope Cage will leave the ham behind before Alaska freezes over.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Cusack and Cage — who don’t have any scenes together until halfway through — do their best work in years, while erstwhile “High School Musical’’ star Hudgens shows off acting chops missing in “Spring Breakers.’’
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack give solid performances in this Prime Suspect-like thriller.
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60

Total Film

It’s handsomely lensed, and when Cage and Cusack finally go nose-to-nose, the fur does fly.
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60

Time Out London

By Tom Huddleston
This is an unambitious, old-school thriller, nothing more and nothing less.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
With Cage as a harried cop, Cusack as a serial killer and 50 Cent as a pimp, we're assuming the casting department kicked off early on this one. Still, there's plenty in this taut thriller for you to stick around for, not least the reuniting of the Con Air duo.
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50

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
Ultimately, the cumulative effect is deadening, just another chapter in an endless battle between overtasked and underpaid good guys, and cowardly baddies; the only real humanity in the film comes from Hudgens’ Cindy, who seems like a wild card of sorts, her character’s dimensions suggesting a world outside of the lurid details of this case. Refreshingly, she’s the only one in the film who refuses to be defined by the death and tragedy surrounding her.
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
[A] solid if unmemorable true-crime drama.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Unfortunately, writer-director Scott Walker's film is a muddled and strangely inert one, generating little of the suspense or anguish its subject requires; despite its high-profile cast.
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30

Village Voice

By Rob Staeger
The climactic interrogation wraps up neatly and just in time, much more like a story "based on actual events" than the events themselves.
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37 out of 100
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