Frozen River
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Frozen River is the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Occasionally marred by contrivance and a crude internal logic that doesn't bear close scrutiny, 'Frozen River' works best as a knuckle-gnawing, blue-collar genre thriller."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"It moves and it heals, finding hints of redemption in the jagged face of life."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Frozen River is bleak and uncompromising - and that's just how the Academy likes it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Hunt's weakness for contrivance and underlined points threaten to elbow out her sensitivity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Frozen River is a taut, suspenseful thriller; a troubling of borders both cultural and national; and testament to the virtues of communion, empathy and compassion."
‑ Emma Paterson, Little White Lies
"Frozen River let me forget I was watching a movie, something that didn't happen often in 2008."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"The miracle of filmmaker Courtney Hunt's tense, carefully understated debut is that it is made better by its few flights of fancy."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A pair of border-town losers come to represent everyone who's ever been up against it in this country, especially the women."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Courtney Hunt's low-budget blue-collar thriller, Frozen River, is one of the most impressive feature debuts of the past several years."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Original, sad, suspenseful and involving: the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retain its good name."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"There are moments of poetry on display."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Frozen River isn't just a good movie made by a woman; it's a good movie on anyone's terms, one of the year's best. To find hope beneath this ice, in this ugly terrain, is to dream big."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Melissa Leo's Oscar-nominated performance as a mother not above illegal business, but resolutely clinging to honesty and not giving into hypocrisy, is terrific. Hope comes from hard sacrifice in a finale proving sometimes possessions are our blessings."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Actress Melissa Leo rightly earned an Oscar nomination for her part in this downbeat drama."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Leo and Upham give performances of great conviction and the film is bold and uncliched: especially the matter-of-fact treatment of guns."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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