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  • Summary: Alex Hughes, recently freed from prison, begrudgingly picks up a vivacious 19-year-old hitchhiker, Vivienne, while driving through Ontario. When the car is hit by a truck on the outskirts of her home town, Vivienne dies instantly. Shocked and stranded in snowbound Wawa, Alex is drawn to seek out Vivienne’s mother, an autistic woman, to talk to her in person about the fate of her daughter. [IFC First Take] Expand
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  1. 75
    Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman imbue screenwriter Angela Pell's characters with a quiet authenticity that's surprisingly moving.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Most noteworthy for the performance of Sigourney Weaver as Linda, an autistic woman.
  3. Reviewed by: Felix Vasquez, Jr.
    Rickman and Weaver sell it, and the utterly heart wrenching finale is the big pay off, and the experience is worth it.
  4. 58
    If only Snow Cake had hewed closer to this idea of showing what an adult autist's life and experiences are like, rather than getting caught up in Rickman's rote re-awakening, it could've been as powerful as it strains to be.
  5. The mental and physical landscape would do justice to an Atom Egoyan film, but in this film, the key dramatic moments feel as forced as they are predictable.
  6. 50
    Alan Rickman holds the film together.
  7. 40
    The picture is so drab and listless that it often feels like punishment, even though Rickman gives a fine performance, one that's heartfelt as well as characteristically elegant (not to mention sexy).

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  1. Jan 25, 2012
    Not the most significant movie dealing with the issue of autism, since it lacks the screenplay originality and power, but Sigourney Weawer is excellent as always. Expand
  2. AnnaW.
    Sep 8, 2007
    Wonderfully witty yet full of pathos, I have watched this movie several times and I wept each time.
  3. ChadS.
    May 10, 2007
    In the nick of time, just before "Snow Cake" has a chance to eat itself and choke on its own cuteness, the plug is pulled on one crowd-pleasing genre and settles into another populist breed of film. The transition is sudden and somewhat cruel, because the filmmaker, you suspect, has a disdain for such movies. What "Snow Cake" turns into can only be described as "Rain(wo)man". If you overlook the film's contrived(and highly coincidental) backstory, which explains how a misanthrope like Alex Hughes(Alan Rickman) would stick around with a whimsical autistic woman(Sigourney Weaver), your heart is bigger than your brain. Linda's next-door neighbor, Maggie(Carrie-Anne Moss), at first seems like an unlikely person to be living in a Canadian backwater like Winnipeg, until you realize that she's lying about who-left-who. Their fleeting romance is the best thing about "Snow Cake". Expand