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  • Summary: In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice—Nate’s mother is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan’s momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town’s tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Dec 30, 2011
    50
    Another in the procession of dead children movies that followed Atom Egoyan's magisterial "The Sweet Hereafter," helmer Gaby Dellal's sophomore effort unfolds in a similarly snow-blanketed small town filled with grieving adults, the community divided in apportioning blame. In contrast with Egoyan's labyrinthine structure and complex storylines, Crest cobbles together bits of plot and a motley assortment of half-formed characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 29, 2011
    50
    Although the movie captures the solidarity and the beauty and peril of a rustic mountain town whose residents are necessarily interdependent, its individual subplots don't connect. Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 10, 2011
    50
    Cast and crew's investment in the story's tragedy and its ensuing moral debates is evident in every frame, but the film isn't fully successful in generating the same depth of feeling in viewers.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 30, 2011
    50
    Director Gaby Dellal gets respectable performances all around, especially from Dekker as the hapless, grief-stricken father, but they can't elevate Angels Crest, beyond its one obvious and depressing note: It is very sad when a small child dies.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 14, 2012
    42
    The best thing about the film is the majestic mountain vistas, shot in Canada. You can practically inhale them.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 29, 2011
    40
    It's the same movie town we've seen many times before, with dingy mechanic's shops, barren parking lots and a greasy-spoon diner where all the clichés come together.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Dec 27, 2011
    0
    Angels Crest opens with the laughter of children at play, but that's the only hint of happiness you'll find in this unflinchingly manipulative and pointless morality play.

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