First Snow
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Wound tight and cocky, Jimmy Starks is a smooth-talking salesman certain he's on the verge of a big break. Even when his car stalls in the middle of nowhere, a roadside soothsayer assures him a windfall is on its way. Although Jimmy should be happy when his boss suddenly agrees to financially back his business venture, he starts to become paranoid instead. As his girlfriend Deirdre and his best friend/business partner Ed watch him slowly come unwound, Jimmy wonders if a past betrayal of his friend, newly paroled Vince, could be catching up to him. And, as the weather turns cold, Jimmy… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie has a lovely paranoia about it that Pearce, as Memento and L.A. Confidential told us, is a master at conveying."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A smart, tense modern film noir."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Predictability hangs over Mark Fergus's skillful debut feature, but not enough to detract from the intensity of the mood, the rhythm, and the performances."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Brings little new to the genre apart from another outstanding performance by Pearce."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The subdued ending might disappoint those hoping for a more lively denouement, but really, it seems just right for a tale as chilly as this one."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A fresh, intelligent and thoroughly involving psychological thriller."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A first rate thriller, First Snow is about a man haunted by his past who revisits it in a bid to change his destiny. It's a terrific role for Guy Pearce, who ably carries the film on his shoulders"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"First Snow is a sharp thriller with abstract pretentiousness. The writers were clever enough to approach a simple philosophical question in a devious and brusque way."
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"[The filmmakers] raise intriguing questions about fate and destiny, and they get a soulful performance from Pearce."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"I was beguiled by both the eerie moods and the striking compositions, which incorporate large stretches of empty space."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A haunting neo-noir about a man told by a palmist that his karma is about to run over his dogma."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"First Snow is an auspicious directorial debut for Mark Fergus. It will be interesting to see what he does next."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"...the interest dissipates pretty quickly and the movie becomes a dreary plod..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Fate plays havoc with a salesman's existence in [this] bleak psychological thriller about life and death in the New Mexico desert."
‑ Betsy Bozdech,
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