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Snow Angels Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… just a different, less expensive version of Fake. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    David Gordon Green's captivating winter-chill tragedy, is a tale that encompasses murder, divorce, adultery, alcohol abuse, mental breakdown, and the disappearance of a small child. In other words, it's downbeat enough to make the recent Oscar-nominated films look like party games.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Green is a rare bird in American filmmaking: a humanist who knows how to tell a story.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An intriguing and somber tale of disintegrating and disappointing relationships fused with a coming-of-age story.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Frankly, Snow Angels is a downer. This isn't inherently a negative - after all, some of the cinema's most powerful motion pictures are downbeat. However, in this case, there's no emotional force behind all the gloom - just a sense that something's missing.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Snow Angels succeeds because of the depth of its well-drawn characters. With no cinematic sugarcoating, it's an organic story that draws us in to these people's lives, as flawed and destructive as they may be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Emotionally intense story of small-town America.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a violent ending that might disturb younger viewers. It explores themes of alcoholism, self harm, depression, infidelity, and the nature of violence. The contrast between sensual teenage discovery and adult acts of brutality may leave a lasting impression on sensitive viewers.

  • Families can talk about healthy relationships versus dysfunctional ones. What does it mean to be innocent? What does it mean to be disillusioned? How does Arthur cope with his parents' split? How does Glenn cope with his separation from Annie? How does one path lead to fulfillment and the other to destruction?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Glenn's emotional outbursts are terrifying. Infidelity among parents doesn't set a good example.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Gun violence in an emotionally intense scene. Self harm including hitting head against a truck.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Teen sex implied in scenes, but body parts not shown specifically. Infidelity is a theme here. Teenage boys briefly talk about porno movies.

  • language false3

    Language: Annie yells at 3-year-old, saying "Dammit!" F-words used at various points.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Random shots of American life show people gassing up at the tank. This is more about the have-nots than the haves.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Arthur has "weed" on him, that teens smoke at a crucial moment in the film. Glenn abuses alcohol to the extreme.