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  • Summary: Frozen River is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray’s Dodge Spirit. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    Sometimes two performances come along that are so perfectly matched that no overt signals are needed to show how the characters feel about each other. That's what happens between Melissa Leo and Misty Upham in Frozen River.
  2. 100
    As the summer heats up, let Frozen River wash over you; let its bracing drama and the intensity of its acting restore your spirits as well as your faith in American independent film.
  3. Ms. Hunt's eye for detail has the precision of a short story writer's. She misses nothing.
  4. 80
    A first-rate thriller, maintaining a high level of suspense.
  5. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    80
    Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name.
  6. 75
    A solid, satisfying movie.
  7. Has moments of honesty, but more often the barren landscape - both outside and inside - drains the emotions out of the film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Dec 9, 2010
    7
    The rule that independent American films have more substance than their Hollywood counter parts is yet again reaffirmed. The weight of the film is carried on the shoulders of the brilliant Melissa Leo who plays the down-ridden, abandoned mother of two, struggling to provide them a better life. It is the side of America that is anything but illustrious but yet so true to many. Expand

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