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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a film that, in its own peculiar way, forces viewers to question their values and ask themselves how much they're willing to sacrifice for a functioning society, and how much is too much. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Swinton is delightful in a twisted turn as Wilford's enforcer, a Margaret Thatcherian dragon lady who adores watching her men torture miscreants who have defied the train's No. 1 rule: Know your place. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The film features plenty of elements that seem familiar from previous cinematic dystopian visions — class warfare, decrepit living, a feeling of terminal velocity — yet you can’t help but admire director Bong Joon-ho’s high-wire act. show more

  • 80
    Clarence Tsui The Hollywood Reporter

    Snowpiercer is an ambitious piece with a universally comprehensible theme and accessible aesthetics. show more

  • 50
    Inkoo Kang The Wrap

    In superlative previous films like “The Host” and “Mother,” Bong elevated, then transcended, the humble genres of the monster movie and the murder mystery by refashioning them into exquisitely heart-wrenching human drama. Disappointingly, then, his alchemical touch is absent here. Snowpiercer warms the heart, but doesn't penetrate it. show more

  • 74

    Snowpiercer is bold and brutal and committed, but no setting, no matter how inventive or beautiful, can compensate for storytelling that strains plausibility even as it batters your senses and sensibilities. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Bong, above all, is a world-class visual stylist, and he proves that again here with a few dazzling flourishes, despite Snowpiercer’s dismal gray palette and train-bound claustrophobia. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Pay attention, Michael Bay: This is what thrilling summer movies look like. show more

  • July 24, 2014 CB
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    This movie was absurd. Imagine "twelve monkeys" meets "polar Express". You could poke a thousand holes in the hole movie, but my question was why they even had the rear of the train people. Maybe if they were needed to shovel coal or something. Just because a film maker lays a heavy guilt trip about the moral unfairness of society doesn't make it a good movie. I would like the "professional" reviewers to please refund my $6.99 rental fee. If you feel compelled to rent this movie I would recommend getting stoned first. Might help.

  • July 15, 2014 Sidney
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    This movie is abominable - skip it. Dark, icky, way too long, and an ABSURD ending. I did like the polar bear though.

  • July 14, 2014 jims946
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    Bad, bad, bad. Run, don't walk, from the nearest showing of this 2 hrs. and 5 mins. of wasted time. WTH were all these great actors and filmmakers thinking? I wanted to take a bath after seeing this movie - on the inside. I want my $13 back.

  • July 12, 2014 vstop
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    This is a OK B-Movie. It would be a acceptable Second Feature. Who is this film's audience? Well it's a great "contemplate your navel", high school social studies, what if, moral teleplay. In short, the teenage kids will like it. There are many flaws. The premise and morality plot is absurd. Anywhere but a train, a scientist would have placed the environmental envelope in a bunker or in space. The movie is technologically absurd. OK let's say we go with a sense of disbelief. Remarkably Chris Evans is well disguised. At 90 Minutes Chris removes his hat and you realize they've captured Captain America on this absurd train. The directors loaded the film with big names, but asked Chris Evans to carry the movie. He makes a good effort, but the plot is just beyond the realm of disbelief. If you are into Sci-Fi, go see it. Otherwise, go see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", a much better movie.

  • July 12, 2014 jvctreich
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    Joon-ho Bong is a Genius, Artist, Director I had never heard of prior to a week ago. Now, I want to see all of his work. I looked at a few great reviews about Snowpiercer clearly a hard to find in main stream theaters movie last weekend. It was released in 2013 and only now is hitting American theaters. I’ve not considered staying in a theater to watch a movie a second time since One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Okay, I was a babe and you all will have to understand I love dogs). SNOWPIERCER is a JOON-HO BONG masterpiece and I have to see it again.

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