Winter Solstice Synopsis
A family deals with one child's decision to leave home and another's destructive behavior.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A realistic drama that looks and feels as inevitably true and moving as a good documentary.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
A high-wire act, treading a thin line of truth between hokum and homilies. You hold your breath, waiting to see if the filmmakers misstep,...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
All three men turn in superb and understated performances.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Very little actually happens in the movie. There are no cathartic breakdowns or soul-changing epiphanies. Instead, we're offered a...
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75

New York Post

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A well-built machine that dunks you into a big warm vat of sadness. There's no plot: It's a situation drama. Instead of punch lines, it...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is not plot-driven, for which we must be thankful, because to force their feelings into a plot would be a form of cruelty. The...
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50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
So much is unspoken and this slice of reality is so thin and slow as to make the film downright unsatisfying.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's dreadful, but it's a special kind of dreadful -- the kind designed to appeal to intelligent people on principle.
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