Frozen River

Frozen River
Frozen River
  • R
  • 1h 37m
  • 2008
Certified Fresh88%
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Life in Massena is as harsh and barren as the frigid landscape. In this bleak terrain, two hardened single mothers are trying to make lives for their children. Lila is a widowed Mohawk whose mother-in-law "stole" her newborn son a year ago. Ray is a mother of two whose gambling-addicted husband just left town with the down payment for their new trailer home. Faced with little opportunity to make ends meet, Ray and Lila embark on an illegal venture transporting immigrants into the U.S. across Mohawk territory. With the money for the down payment within Ray's grasp, the women are determined to make one last run. When circumstances spiral out of control, the two women must make life or death decisions based on their friendship and love for their children.
© 2008 Frozen River, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: Veteran character actress Melissa Leo delivers a stunning performance in this powerful -- if grim -- indie film.
Reviews
Time Out
Hank Sartin
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Emma Paterson
Fresh

Frozen River is a taut, suspenseful thriller; a troubling of borders both cultural and national; a...

December 14, 2018
Time Out
David Jenkins
Fresh

Occasionally marred by contrivance and a crude internal logic that doesn't bear close scrutiny, 'F...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

Leo and Upham give performances of great conviction and the film is bold and uncliched: especially...

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

Everything about the film looks and feels authentic, from the desolate landscape dotted with trail...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Superb indie drama features great acting, smart script.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film, which earned actress Melissa Leo an Oscar nomination for Best Actress as well as a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, is a serious, strong, and well-made drama loaded with topics worthy of serious discussion, as well as some harsh language. Parents also need to know that the film is not shy about depicting illegal activity and working-class poverty.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 7, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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