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  • Summary: Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) embarks on a wild and darkly comic odyssey to retrieve his renegade wife and the beloved rifle she stole.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Aug 20, 2014
    75
    While the story lags and suffers in its attempt to adapt such a complicated internal narrative and personal struggle, the Smith brothers have created a truly beautiful and unique film that deserves to be seen; a creative accomplishment not only of filmmaking but of capturing this world.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 19, 2014
    70
    At the end of Winter In The Blood, there’s a general sense that not everything the Smiths attempted has worked, but it’s hard to separate the strong moments from the weak ones, much as Virgil can’t separate one day from the next.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 19, 2014
    50
    Every time a story thread seems to be getting somewhere, Winter in the Blood vaults to something else, with little regard for the tale’s rhythms — the movie doesn’t feel like a puzzle to solve; it’s a puzzle to assemble.
  4. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Aug 18, 2014
    50
    Its offbeat aesthetic largely flaunts for appeal, suffocating character and thematic ambition underneath its flashiness.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 19, 2014
    50
    An obvious labor of love, this hand-crafted film is beautifully made – photographed, scored and edited with a grubby lyricism that makes its shortage of plot momentum all the more frustrating.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 20, 2014
    50
    Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 19, 2014
    40
    The journey from page to screen may have battered Mr. Welch’s novel, but its lamenting heart beats loud and clear.