Smilla's Sense of Snow Image

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  • Summary: Set in Copenhagen, this mystery features Julia Ormond as a half-Inuit, transplanted Greenlander and snow expert who begins her own investigation when a neighbor boy falls from the building's roof.
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  1. 75
    Here is a movie so absorbing, so atmospheric, so suspenseful and so dumb, that it proves my point: The subject matter doesn't matter in a movie nearly as much as mood, tone and style.
  2. This story has now been gracefully adapted by Bille August into a sleek, good-looking film that captures the book's peculiar fascination.
  3. Regresses into a lame action-thriller.
  4. Drips along about as slowly as a polar ice cap and leaves both those who know the international thriller on which this creepy-doings-off-the-coast-of-Greenland yarn is based and those who don't out in the cold.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Brown
    After the disastrous "The House Of The Spirits," Bille August should know from experience to leave good novels well alone.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This lame bid at a thriller is hobbled by a plodding pace and a slipshod script.
  7. The movie is gorgeously filmed and contains some fascinating lore about life in northern climes. But the plot is tritely predictable and far-fetched. Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the performers who deliver less than their best.

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