User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59

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  1. Lyn
    Sep 4, 2010
    9
    Melissa Leo truly deserved her Oscar nomination for a gritty performance that feels real from the shabbiness of her clothes to the crunch of the snow beneath the tires of her old car. One of those films that leaves you thinking later, "I wonder what happened to those people" . . . even though, of course, they were fictional. "Frozen" as well as the river in their own crises and quandaries, the characters make you root for them to break free. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2011
    10
    This is the greatest film I have seen in a long time. How didn't Melissa Leo win the Oscar for this? This is the performance of a lifetime that will hopefully go down as a classic.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    100
    It's tough and cold and gives an inside look at poverty in America. Yet the film is also incredibly compelling and intense and I can't think of another film that's this small and powerful.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    No trendsetter or breakthrough, this is more than anything else a welcome chance for the fine actor Melissa Leo to finally dominate a film in a terrific and affecting lead role.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    80
    If there's one thing this movie gets dead right, it's the desperation of impoverished single mothers trying to fend for their children.