Winter Solstice
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A family struggles to come to terms with changes after a death in the family in this independent drama. Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia) is a widower living in suburban New Jersey with his two teenage sons, Gabe (Aaron Stanford) and Pete (Mark Webber). Pete, the younger of the siblings, has a hearing problem that has made school difficult for him; consequently, he has lost interest in his education and spends most of his time goofing off. Gabe is smarter and more ambitious, and has a stable relationship with his girlfriend, Stacey (Michelle Monaghan), but is beginning to chafe at the limitations… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Winter Solstice thrives solely on how much understatement you can actually handle in a movie."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Solstice offers solace. It is quiet, understated and powerful as a single chapter in several changing lives."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Such a low-key drama that I'm not sure anything happens in it at all."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"This movie deserves to be seen -- and learned from. It captures the moments in which each of us stares out across an emptiness, searching for a connection that will keep us from falling."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Audiences may not get too excited about devastated people who conduct their social lives at the local Dairy Queen."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"...a gem..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Sternfeld started with well-conceived characters and simply didn't succeed in making them flesh. These people have traits instead of personalities; goals instead of dreams."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Give Winter Solstice some credit for taking an unexpected route."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's the kind of narrow-gauged drama that either will drive you crazy or absorb you in its low-key rhythms. Mostly, I went along for the ride."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Winter Solstice is an intense drama and all the action is internal. LaPaglia is such a fine actor and every nuance of his bottled up Jim comes through, as he struggles to not only be a good father, but to find a direction in his own life."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Something that's increasingly rare: a stringently subtextual drama....when they finally arrive, the epiphanies are small ones."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"To read between the lines in Winter Solstice, you better bring a magnifying glass."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Scene after scene of halting conversations, meaningful glances and awkward pauses that will leave you as cold as the ominous title implies."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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