The Frozen Ground
The Frozen Ground (2013)

THE FROZEN GROUND is inspired by the incredible true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 2013
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though this by-the-numbers true procedural seems basic, The Frozen Ground presents a welcome return for Nicolas Cage in a solid performance.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A taut procedural with atmospheric location work that traces Cage's clock-racing efforts to find evidence against Cusack ...

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

As written and directed by Scott Walker, THE FROZEN GROUND isn't great, but it's surprisingly effective, thanks to its no-frills approach and its care with the actors and characters.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The movie's only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it's the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable.

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer

A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist.

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

It's all around safe and plain, simple and to the point, and all very, very by-the-numbers.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The movie's late-night cable feel and skeevy salaciousness grinds everything to a snowy slush.

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice

The Frozen Ground hits the familiar notes.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The Frozen Ground covers familiar territory but benefits from authentically seamy scene setting amid the bars and strip-joints where the killer found his prey, and from solid performances by its leads, all of whom are acting against type.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
The Frozen Ground is based on actual events and the manhunt for Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen in the 1980s. It is the reuniting of Nicolas Cage and John… More
familiar stranger
Very badly fictionalized. The truth may have needed adjustments to make it gripping; however, while it adjusts the truth, it fails to make it interesting… More
Chris Weber
This little indie thriller is based on the real life story about an Alaskan State Trooper's quest to apprehend serial killer Robert Hansen whose malicious… More
MisterYoda ?
four stars...
Manu Gino
The hunter becomes the hunted. Good thriller! The film downplays the gore, while showing the seedy and soul-crushing underworld where Cusack finds his victims.… More
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