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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A neo-noir thriller long on atmosphere and short on production values. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    The actors, all strong, give the lyrical but never artificial dialogue the ring of life. Pearce is riveting as a go-getter who finds himself trapped between a murky past and a future defined by ambition. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Movies like First Snow rise or fall on characters and atmosphere, and Fergus gets them both. But though the story's resolution does have irony and even a certain power, it lacks the charge, the Serlingesque "gotcha," that it needs. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Knowledge is not always a good thing and observing how one individual handles this unusual fantasy-tinged situation provides enough compelling drama to make Mark Fergus' debut feature a source of suspense, intrigue, and philosophical musing. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The story falters only at the end, but it's the ride, not the destination, that you remember and savor the most. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Fergus' thriller benefits from Pearce's high-strung performance and the stark New Mexico landscapes, but the story is familiar and the pacing much too measured for a slight tale of ineluctable fate. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's a slow, moderately involving descent into the inevitable, with Pearce gamely trying to figure what's going on. Better him than me. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    First Snow is, above all else, one man's particular journey. Pearce is a valid and compelling guide but he can't carry the full load of the movie's excess baggage. For the movie to completely resonate it has to strike the spiritual-angst note through his performance. Pearce comes close but no ... well, you know. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    It's déjà vu all over again for Aussie actor Guy Pearce, returning to motel rooms in the American Southwest to sort out metaphysical issues in the thriller First Snow, to somewhat less original effect than he did in "Memento." show more

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