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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    80
    Performances are spot-on from the entire cast; each memorable character is finely detailed and full of eccentricities that are beautifully underplayed.
  2. Given the white-on-white color scheme, I didn't expect so many shades of feeling.
  3. 78
    Lemarquis, as Noi, has a stoic and silent tenderness to him, and Hansdottir's Iris is the picture of pensive sluggishness. But then all that cold, cold snow slows you down, both inside and out, until the only thing moving is your heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The film's comic observations are rich, droll, and more than a little sad: Everyone in this isolated community seems beaten down by life.
  5. A playfully quirky and, ultimately, unexpectedly affecting portrait of a 17-year-old slacker.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    An inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    30
    Kari may eventually go far, but for now he's one of the less interesting inhabitants of international art cinema's disaffected-youth ghetto.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4

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