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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
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Critic Score: 60% 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.

Sheila O'Malley

"The Frozen Ground" trucks in cliche, as most serial killer and police procedural films do, but the strength of the acting (from the leads down to people with only one or two lines) helps ground the film.

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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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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

This is the kind of by-the-book, no-surprises, 'based on actual events' serial killer thriller you could write yourself.

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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.

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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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups

Cage hones his weary cop's character to a dull point, rough and ragged, like the lead of a detective's pencil scratching notes on a crumpled pad.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
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
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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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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
Dann Michalski
Based on actual events, The Frozen Ground tells a grizzly tale of the macabre. In his final days as an Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe discovers a serial… More