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Snow Cake Review Critics


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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    An awfully tidy, infernally sparkly study in skewed blessings, made manifest by Committed Acting from Sigourney Weaver.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Does sidle up to the brink of mawkishness, but it pulls back so nicely into Weaver's rich, hard-headed evocation of Linda's limitations.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Modest but well wrought and witty, Snow Cake is full of unexpected moments and clever observations.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Most noteworthy for the performance of Sigourney Weaver as Linda, an autistic woman.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Autistic woman shows grieving adults how to live.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be interested in this indie drama, which focuses on adults who have troubled pasts -- including a man just released from prison and a woman who has a few "gentleman callers." A third main character is a high-functioning autistic woman, whose behavior may prompt questions from younger viewers. A violent car crash early in the movie results in a passenger's death. There are some brief discussions of sex (nothing graphic) and a post-sex scene showing a couple in bed together. A few uses of "f--k" in anger.

  • Families can talk about autism's growing visibility in the media -- which has increased as more and more people are diagnosed. How does the movie portray a "high functioning" autistic adult? How is she different from other autistic TV and movie characters (Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, for example, or Sean Penn in I Am Sam)? How does the movie use her as a model of behavior for other damaged adults around her? What other messages does the movie send?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: An ex-convict talks about his crime; an autistic woman models "living in the present" provincial townspeople try their best not to judge unusual behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Early car accident is very jarring (crash, car flips, man emerges bloody and dazed, passenger is killed off screen); repeated, cryptic conversations about a man's prison term (he describes his crime later in the film); brief description of a man's son killed by a drunk driver.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Joke about "gay" executive; a couple of conversations about a woman presumed to be a prostitute (she's referred to as a "hooker"); some conversation about sex (when to have it); post-sex scene of couple lying in bed.

  • language false3

    Language: At least five uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "hooker."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Diet Coke, McDonalds, Scrabble, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief wine drinking during a romantic dinner.