Frozen River
Frozen River (2008)

Frozen River is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border. Broke after… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Veteran character actress Melissa Leo delivers a stunning performance in this powerful -- if grim -- indie film.

David Jenkins
Time Out

Occasionally marred by contrivance and a crude internal logic that doesn't bear close scrutiny, 'Frozen River' works best as a knuckle-gnawing, blue-collar genre thriller.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It moves and it heals, finding hints of redemption in the jagged face of life.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... I thought the performances were good, but I just thought it could have done more.

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Mark Bourne

Frozen River let me forget I was watching a movie, something that didn't happen often in 2008.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The miracle of filmmaker Courtney Hunt's tense, carefully understated debut is that it is made better by its few flights of fancy.

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

This fine drama delivers a reality tougher than realism.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There are moments of poetry on display.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Frozen River isn't just a good movie made by a woman; it's a good movie on anyone's terms, one of the year's best. To find hope beneath this ice, in this ugly terrain, is to dream big.

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Simon Miraudo

Frozen River is bleak and uncompromising - and that's just how the Academy likes it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I can't say exactly why this film so affected me, but it did. It was almost too real, viciously shot, plain and "boring" and heart-breaking… More
Dan Schultz
An absorbing although bleak story concerning a desperate single mom struggling to make it after her husband deserts her and their two kids. In order to pay the… More
Arash Xak
A pointless film to say the least, More proof to the fact that being realistic is not enough for a movie to be good, The film depicts poverty & struggle… More
Wahida K
Desperation knows no borders.
Tony Gandía
Morose tale of monstrous behavior among the desperate is ably but not expertly assembled. Leo's fearless performance is what stops Frozen from not melting… More
paul sandberg
a truer film will be hard to find. Every scene breathes real, real people in real situations trying to survive when given a bad hand. No overglorified… More

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