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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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? show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Has moments of honesty, but more often the barren landscape - both outside and inside - drains the emotions out of the film. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Strikingly authentic, socially conscious crime drama. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • February 23, 2009 linbat555
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    Loved it so realistic to the struggles of single mom's in remote rural areas. What woman will do for a better life for their children.

  • September 10, 2008 judcor
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    loved it! Finally a film that says civil law does not necessarilyapproximate moral law . Two moral women struggle to make their lives and their childrens lives with a degree ofcivil law and moral law meet head on...a superb two women struggle to make their lives and their childrens lives minimally acceptable.. they cross the border of legality but never the limits of morality. Bravo!!!!!!!!!! Loved it.

  • September 07, 2008 Constancehoffman
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    Great movie. Well played without the hollywood hipe. Finally a movie about a topic that is believable and could (did) happen.

  • August 07, 2008 a3bank
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    Finally!!!!!!!!! Unkown filmakers!!! Big Film!!!!!

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