Snow Angels
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Director/screenwriter David Gordon Green adapts Stewart O'Nan's popular novel to the screen in this feature, which tells the parallel tales of a teenager named Arthur (Michael Angarano) and his onetime babysitter Annie (Kate Beckinsale) -- whose turbulent relationship with her estranged husband, Glenn (Sam Rockwell), leads the small-town waitress down a troubled path. Arthur is a high-school student from a dysfunctional family, and does everything in his power to avoid hanging around the house while mom and dad quarrel. When he's not practicing his trombone and performing with the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"So when the film's moment of horror arrives, it's not with suspense but instead the sort of dully anticipatory inevitability that drains as much energy from the story as from the audience."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"It's well-made. Searingly acted. Potent. And by the time it was over, its climax realized at the water's edge of insanity and grief, I felt beaten about the head with sticks."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"There's still a lot of excellent work in Snow Angels. The first hour is utterly engrossing. But there's also a lot of wasted potential, which is too bad."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Hopefully, one of these days, Green will be bold enough to make a movie where nothing happens, where conversation is both his means and his end."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Powerful performances all around, but too many tangled and twisted family trees. Scorecard, please."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"It's a movie that keeps its distance from the characters, so much that we can shudder at what we fear is to come but aren't really allowed to mourn the innocent trapped in this downward spiral."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Frequently perched between the poetic and the twee, Green has been bitten by the Whimsy Bug"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"David Gordon Green is a very unique filmmaker."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Rockwell, who brought a sense of desperate unease to his roles in 'The Assassination of Jesse James' and 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' does the same here, with results that are at once frightening and pathetically sad."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"A perfect match of material and sensibility."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The writing and the performances are such that as things go from bad (sad motel-room affairs) to worse (a 4-year-old gone missing), the film's characters get inside your skin, your soul. It's enough to make you want to cry."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Impressive for the mood it creates, the film may not totally satisfy, but the characters are richly depicted and reflect the snowy winter chill that surrounds them"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Green is a director who takes his time with characters, allowing their different sides to self-illustrate in naturalistic settings as he simultaneously paints their worlds."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Every so often, a movie comes along that knocks the wind out of you. Snow Angels is one of them."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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