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  • Summary: A poignant look at the impact a woman's love and support has on a father struggling with his sons setting out to explore their independence. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
  2. A high-wire act, treading a thin line of truth between hokum and homilies. You hold your breath, waiting to see if the filmmakers misstep, but they never do.
  3. Sternfeld has created a garden on film that opens up its blooms for us, not in the dark of the movie house, but long after we've left the theater.
  4. 60
    What makes Winter Solstice, a nice little Jersey vignette about a widower and his two teenage sons, so striking is writer-director Josh Sternfeld's respect for the verbal shorthand of family interaction.
  5. So much is unspoken and this slice of reality is so thin and slow as to make the film downright unsatisfying.
  6. The movie never actually gets to winter: The title is just a clumsy play on the family's surname.
  7. 10
    The result is a numbing void, and a long, frustrating wait for something to happen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. .perez
    Sep 14, 2006
    10
    Quiet, self-assured, this film is one to sit down by yourself with and fall in to. Beautiful camera work and acting. The story is simple and thoughtful. Expand

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