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A self-styled Sherlock Holmes leads an unlikely team of irregulars in this charming comic mystery from indie auteur Aaron Katz. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, followed by a much-lauded screening at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, aimless Doug (Cris Lankenau) returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly). He quickly lands a dead-end job in an ice factory, but his latent passion for detective work is stoked when his ex-girlfriend goes missing.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is pretty entertaining, though most of that entertainment derives from Katz's skillful exploitation of gumshoe formula."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Cold Weather is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"'Cold Weather' is an engaging and inventive act of genre-tweaking with no bells and whistles attached, and it represents a huge leap forward for an increasingly promising filmmaker."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"'Slow Cinema' at its slowest, this indie drama with comic touches is a dreary haul"
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Katz is content to hang back with his easily relatable characters, dipping his toe into genre tropes as a way of examining the mystery of their general twentysomething malaise."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Katz's characters are beautifully observed, the autumnal photography of downtown Portland is lovely, and the tension is expertly maintained..."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Just at the point of losing its audience, a nifty little film suddenly emerges."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The movie is charming in spite of itself, even if you don't really care about the characters, the mystery or the resolution."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A satisfying movie altogether, although in a lot of ways it feels like a step backwards for [director Aaron] Katz, artistically."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"There are a few good moments. But not enough to make the journey necessary or justify the abrupt ending."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"This is a slacker detective story, emphasis on the slack, and if you can downshift into its loping rhythms, it's pretty wonderful."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The world's first mumblecore ''thriller" - a good idea for a movie that someone, in the future, should execute a bit less lackadaisically."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Katz here shows himself to also be one of the few American directors of his generation (he is 29) with a strong sense of composition and movement, sound design as suspense, landscape as character."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"It's as if the audience is being tested: can you appreciate such slow pacing and focus on character, or do you need your fix of Hollywood plot?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Minimalist to the point of self-indulgence though admirable in its economy, Cold Weather is a very different kind of thriller. Think Brick by way of Arthur Conan Doyle."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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