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When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
Thriller - This is a very slow mystery/thriller. Fans of Michael Fassbender
will enjoy this showcase, as will those of co-star Rebecca Ferguson.
J.K. Simmons and Val Kilmer only show up fairly briefly. Language,
sexuality, and some graphic violence make the film not for kids.
Michael Fassbender ALIEN: COVENANT, ASSASSIN'S CREED Rebecca Ferguson LIFE, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Charlotte Gainsbourg GOLDEN DOOR Val Kilmer MACGRUBER, DELGO, DEJA VU, KISS KISS BANG BANG J.K. Simmons ROCK DOG, THE ACCOUNTANT, THE MEDDLER Director: Thomas Alfredson
PROFANITY: 4 F-words; 7 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sensuality and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Fighting, bloody killings and dead bodies. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A fight and a foot chase. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor Even had the rest of the movie been perfect, the unsatisfying resolution would have crippled it. However, considering how bad the majority of The Snowman is, this is just another in a long list of reasons why the production should be avoided. (The ending bears little resemblance to what happens in the book – it was created out of whole cloth by the screenwriters for reasons only they could explain.)
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Another problem is this: snowmen aren't scary, and when you try too hard to make them scary, you just make it worse. The movie is strewn with camera pans from innocent-looking street scenes to … THREATENING SNOWMAN FACE, and the effect is very Dramatic Chipmunk, only less dynamic.
NY PostFull Review Poor ...this adaptation is so sloggy it feels like wading through thigh-deep snowfall, stained scarlet from all the gratuitous gore. Val Kilmer is a brief, daffy bright spot as a detective even more off-the-rails than Harry, but the rest of "The Snowman” will (I can't help myself) leave you cold.
Rolling StoneFull Review Poor Well, it's a little confusing. And slightly incoherent in terms of how it lays out the book's narrative about a serial killer who is targeting mothers and whose calling card is a snowman. And sort of not very good overall. It's bad. A bit of a full-on Nesbøner, in fact.
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