Warner Independent Pictures (WIP) | Release Date: March 7, 2008
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TomM.Sep 24, 2008
Occasionally one comes across a flick that throughout its viewing it is difficult to believe that you are actually watching a film, that is, the portrayals and details of the storyline are so real it stuns. Snow Angels is such a film. Every Occasionally one comes across a flick that throughout its viewing it is difficult to believe that you are actually watching a film, that is, the portrayals and details of the storyline are so real it stuns. Snow Angels is such a film. Every character and every cast member shine in this incredibly human story, essentially about two couples--one, somewhat seasoned but estranged and trapped by irredeemable despair; the other, coming of age and enheartened by the discovery and hope of first love. Kate Beckinsale, as the struggling lead character, and Michael Angarano, as the grappling teenager, are absolutely perfect, as is Sam Rockwood, playing the reborn and suicidal ex-husband. Incidentally, Rockwood's portrayal of a drunk stumbling violently through scene after scene is about as masterful a performance as you'll ever want to see. The man is truly gifted. The pacing of the film is a bit disorienting at first, with parallel and allied scenes threatening to overwhelm; but, gradually the effect cooks, adding to the starkness of it all. Expand
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ChharlesC.Mar 9, 2008
A film for people who enjoy well produced cinema made with care and talent that may differ from mainstream popcorn movies. Anyone who carelessly calls this a bad movie is confusing honest filmmaking with poor filmmaking. Just because it is A film for people who enjoy well produced cinema made with care and talent that may differ from mainstream popcorn movies. Anyone who carelessly calls this a bad movie is confusing honest filmmaking with poor filmmaking. Just because it is different doesn't make it worse. In this case it makes the movie better. Expand
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ChadS.Apr 19, 2008
Once when Arthur(Michael Angarano) was just a boy, he spied on his babysitter in the shower. Even though Lila(Olivia Thirlby) occupies the left side of Arthur's bed, she will never replace the babysitter in his heart. Back in the day, Once when Arthur(Michael Angarano) was just a boy, he spied on his babysitter in the shower. Even though Lila(Olivia Thirlby) occupies the left side of Arthur's bed, she will never replace the babysitter in his heart. Back in the day, Annie(Kate Beckinsale) didn't walk, she floated up and down the sidewalks of her small New England town. Years later, it turns out that Annie was mortal, after all. Arthur works with his former babysitter at a Chinese restaurant. You've seen Annie's type before. She's the incongruous knockout ringing up your groceries at the checkout line in your supermarket, or she might be the "sandwich artist" asking you if "...you want the meal." These women have a story. A hard-luck story. It usually involves marrying the wrong guy, and having the wrong guy's child. That's Annie's story. That's why she's waiting on tables. In "Snow Angels", we see both: the fruition of young love, and the disintegration of a love gone to seed. With a little more time, Arthur's idealized ardor for Annie might've come full circle. It would've been a travesty, but by no means, a tragedy, given the context of what happens. "Snow Angels" is a sad movie, but sometimes sad movies say so much. Expand
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JWMar 10, 2009
One of the most stunning, brilliant, and harrowing movies of the past decade.
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MichaelE.Apr 18, 2008
Well-made in all respects,with honesty and a startling turn from Sam Rockwell to recommend it, but it just screams "indie movie" and the story seems to made up entirely out of cliches from the "things that will get your movie into Sundance" Well-made in all respects,with honesty and a startling turn from Sam Rockwell to recommend it, but it just screams "indie movie" and the story seems to made up entirely out of cliches from the "things that will get your movie into Sundance" checklist. Storywise there are no real surprises, and if the ending isn't obvious from the first act, it becomes jarringly so about halfway through. Expand
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JayH.Sep 11, 2008
Very believably done, exceptionally well written. The performances are excellent and convincing. Fine direction. Fine film, although it can be a bit of a downer.
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JoeZ.Mar 14, 2008
Sam Rockwell brings to the screen a very believable devastation of the heart. His acting is the best yet. It is not a happy story but the experience of true sadness has never been so well performed by this cast of characters.
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ElizabethC.Apr 4, 2008
This film does feature some good naturalistic acting by Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, a good sense of place and the director has promise. Yet I found that I couldn't get involved with the characters, and I was bored despite the This film does feature some good naturalistic acting by Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, a good sense of place and the director has promise. Yet I found that I couldn't get involved with the characters, and I was bored despite the melodramatic plot. The fault is with the writing, which is very disjointed as it jumps from character to character. I also found the rather generic teenage romance to be superfluous and distracting from the main plot. Expand
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