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  • Summary: A typical day on the slopes turns into a chilling nightmare for three snowboarders when they get stranded on the chairlift before their last run. As the ski patrol switches off the night lights, they realize with growing panic that they've been left behind dangling high off the ground with no way down. With the resort closed until the following weekend and frostbite and hypothermia already setting in, the trio is forced to take desperate measures to escape off the mountain before they freeze to death. Once they make their move, they discover with horror that they have much more to fear than just the frigid cold. As they combat unexpected obstacles, they start to question if their will to survive is strong enough to overcome the worst ways to die? (Anchor Bay Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. 75
    The best kind of horror film, about innocent people plunged into mind-boggling circumstances beyond their control.
  2. A minimalist setup delivers maximum fright in Frozen, a nifty little chiller that balances its cold terrain with an unexpectedly warm heart.
  3. 58
    While the actors are game, their characters are awfully generic.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    It's difficult to get into its "What would I do?" vibe, though, through so thick and transparent a barrier of contrivances.
  5. Better to defrost "Alive" or "The Edge" from the video icebox.
  6. 38
    Relies far too much on an overdose of gore and a pack of hungry wolves to deliver its chills.
  7. Frozen is good for five minutes of "What would you do if?" games. Then it's just stiff as a board.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Nov 28, 2010
    10
    This was, without question, one of the most terrifying and suspenseful movies I have ever seen. I have rarely been this affected by a thriller. I am stupefied by the negative reviews here from professional and amateur critics alike. "Bad acting"? You have got to be kidding me; these actors were amazing. They made the dread, extreme fear, terror, and horror so real and so visceral that I had to take a few breaks while watching it because it was almost unendurable. Shot entirely on location, in freezing weather, this film literally made me feel as though I were going through what the characters were experiencing. There is only a small amount of gore, and it isn't gratuitous in the least; most of what's gory happens off-screen while the camera focuses on the reactions of the helpless others. Kudos to the entire cast and crew for doing spectacular work on what can only have been a challenging shoot, to say the least. Expand
  2. Jan 9, 2011
    10
    What sharks did for the movie Jaws ski lifts will do for this movie. It is plausible and implausible at the same time which makes it a good movie for conversation. The tension is high and the acting is good. It reminds me frequently earlier Spielberg films, such as one called Duel where the props are minimal, yet the viewer is left with heightened awareness. There is even a reference to Spielberg in the movie - won't spoil it but remember that and pay attention. Good date flick! Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A great little film. I love these films and this one is not an exception, I love it. The mix of horror and thriller really make it come together. The one disappointing bit was the wolf bit where Dan gets eaten, I just think it could have been done a bit better,it just seemed to be a bit like an "Oh, ok then" sort of scene. Still, it's still very gripping and reminds me a lot of buried or 127 hours. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2011
    7
    Well well well..I didnt think much of this movie going into it, b/c I mean come on how far can they go, how scary can they make it. Anyways I was entertained throughout. Good plot, very probably circumstances. Scary tho and maybe a reason people dont like this is b/c its totally plausible situations, maybe that scares people away from it. Good thriller but not for the weak of heart, there is blood and there is "ouch" type parts..anyways for sure worth a watch, good flick I think for those interested in these kind of genres. Expand
  5. May 23, 2011
    6
    Broken bones! Eaten alive by wolves! Frost bites! Err, those are only a few of the agonies brought about by the stupidity of the characters in Frozen. This is one disturbing film to sit through and I mean as a whole! Expand
  6. Feb 9, 2013
    5
    The movie really makes you think, what would you do if you was in the same situation.I was wondering how they could make it last with the three people stuck, they did a decent job.The movie is still to slow for me, worth watching but nothing special. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2010
    0
    Frozen-
    It left me feeling 'cold' (I'm so sorry). Maybe it's because I've actually been mountain skiing before and I could pick out all of the
    gaping flaws with the writing, but the entire film just seemed stupid - it was a stupid premise, with monumentally stupid characters and lots of incredibly stupid coincidences, tied together by a few badly made events that serve no real relevance to the overall plot. Some reviewers of the film may say it will leave you thinking 'what would you have done?' - they have obviously never been skiing, or even have any common sense. Anyone with common sense would have taken a mobile phone up with them. Boom. Problem solved. No problems, no deaths. Even if this film was set in 1950 before mobile phones, who it their right mind would think 'Ooh! Let's go skiing when the man has told us about the severe weather and is about to close up, and let's take our ski gloves off for a cigarette while we're at it, while there's a snowstorm! Let's especially do this with a non-Skier with us! This all seems like a GREAT idea!'

    I'm afraid this doesn't even deserve to be classified as a Z-movie. Avoid at all costs.
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