Jory Sutton
Chris Nashawaty
February 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Frozen River

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/01/08
performer
Melissa Leo, Michael O'Keefe, Charlie McDermott, Misty Upham
director
Courtney Hunt
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Courtney Hunt
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Ray Eddy, a dollar-store employee with two hungry kids, an army of creditors, and an AWOL husband, is the kind of hardscrabble character you imagine Charlize Theron would give her eyeteeth to play. Thankfully, Frozen River doesn’t go that route. Because Oscar nominee Leo is a revelation, turning what could’ve been kitchen-sink clichés into a tiny miracle of human resilience. EXTRAS A director’s commentary. A?

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