The Cold Lands
The Cold Lands (2014)

When his fiercely self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, eleven year-old Atticus is wary of the authorities and flees deep into the forests surrounding his Catskills home. Wandering the woods in shock, relying on what meager food and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Tom Gilroy has worked with Yelich previously and makes his youthful character the quiet, watchful center of this 2013 indie drama.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Mr. Yelich is even more emotionally reticent than this central character requires, and "The Cold Lands" feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road.

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Prairie Miller

Best when dramatizing how the land itself comes alive and serves as a character in its own right, resurrecting the buried history of the US Anti-Rent Resistance Movement of the 19th century. And perhaps a lesson well taught to an endangered rebel child.

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Todd VanDerWerff
AV Club

Gilroy takes all of this to a more realistic, more interesting place, and he manages to find an ending for the story that offers a touch of optimism but doesn't feel like a cheat.

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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News

"The Cold Lands" is aimless and dull, but has a rich tone and upstate authenticity.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A likeable drama about an eleven-year old who survives living on his own in the forest but finds it more difficult to get by when he returns to civilization.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

As written and directed by Tom Gilroy, it consists entirely of discoveries.

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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice

Thoughtful and touching ...

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Chase Whale

Blink and you'll miss a terrific performance from Lili Taylor.

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