Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A deliberately paced, realistic portrait of a family's grief and healing.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension.

Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Audiences may not get too excited about devastated people who conduct their social lives at the local Dairy Queen.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

In an impressive feature debut, director-screenwriter Josh Sternfeld takes an observant, nuanced look at human behavior.

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Urban Cinefile

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

...while our brains quickly comprehend Sternfeld's point, our hearts never quite get the message.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Winter Solstice thrives solely on how much understatement you can actually handle in a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Not very exciting, but a pretty accurate depiction of what a real persons life is like. And as such there was really no plot, or climax, or ending. Still… More
Leo L
A great film! Very touching story about a widower and his two sons, and the struggle to have to overcome to get over the death of a wife and mother.
Red Lats
Story about dealing with a loss in the family and the difficulties of parents understanding teens and vice versa. There is a certain slowness or lulling rhythm… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Winter Solstice", Jim Winters(Anthony LaPaglia) is a single father who owns his own landscaping business in a small town.… More