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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This flawed drama about a self-destructive young actress and her reclusive novelist father has its rewards, mainly in some good performances. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I found the film borderline bleak, and borderline predictable, at least in its resolution, yet admirable as well. Winter Passing almost always operates on the right side of the border, the full-of-life side where compelling characters live with urgency and intensity. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A mopey meditation on family and its dysfunctions, Winter Passing is in fact of more than passing interest. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    An odd little movie with artistic aspirations and a bare touch of comedy that offers sights you never expected (nor hoped) you'd see - like Will Ferrell playing it straight (more or less) and Zooey Deschanel drowning an innocent kitten. show more

  • 50
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    With the exception of a few unpredictable moments from Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, Winter Passing finds only cliche as it reaches for profundity. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is the kind of movie routinely dismissed as too slow and quiet by those who don't know it is more exciting to listen than to hear. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Rapp's theatrical past is evident throughout: His strongest scenes tend to be those purely character-driven moments when his sharp dialogue takes precedence over any cinematic action. Harris gives another strong performance and Ferrell is great in a comic but low-key role, but this is Deschanel's movie. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A classic example of a pedestrian motion picture being lifted out of mediocrity by an arresting lead performance. Zooey Deschanel doesn't just elevate Winter Passing; she carries it. show more

  • 63
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    It's just OK. Not great. Not awful. Not particularly memorable. Not entirely forgettable. Just OK. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Winter Passing plays like two indie movies trapped in one film, and Zooey Deschanel is in the better of them. Will Ferrell is in the other one. show more

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