Box art for Snow Angels

Snow Angels

drama


A story of love lost and found in a small town, SNOW ANGELS is a heartrending portrayal of three couples in various stages of life orbiting around each other in search of connection and meaning.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    67%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Emotionally intense story of small-town America.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a violent ending that might disturb younger viewers. It explores themes of alcoholism, self harm, depression, infidelity, and the nature of violence. The contrast between sensual teenage discovery and adult acts of brutality may leave a lasting impression on sensitive viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about healthy relationships versus dysfunctional ones. What does it mean to be innocent? What does it mean to be disillusioned? How does Arthur cope with his parents' split? How does Glenn cope with his separation from Annie? How does one path lead to fulfillment and the other to destruction?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    67%
    reviews counted: 25
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  • Audience

    67%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's well-made. Searingly acted. Potent. And by the time it was over, its climax realized at the water's edge of insanity and grief, I felt beaten about the head with sticks.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, April 11, 2008

Fresh: Yes, it's painful, but Snow Angels is so full of rich performances and characterizations that even gunshots can't kill its power.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fresh: A drama that finds a delicate balance between the consolations of romance and the bitterness of its failure.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, March 20, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Stories about teenage love and a marriage that has all but disintegrated are interconnected in this drama. Strong performances by Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell highlight this indie drama, but the film's weakness is its inability to either reach the Altman Standard for interconnecting stories or link the stories with a common theme. The best that I can manage for a common theme is weak: I think the film suggests that relationships inevitably decay despite the grand optimism with which we enter them, a claim evidenced by the parallels between Annie and Glenn's marriage and their younger counterparts. But I feel like I'm doing more work than the film is in order to tease some semblance of sense. Overall, this effort represents the dangers of trying to do too much and fit a whole novel into a medium that can't carry all the weight.

- hunterjt13, Friday, September 28, 2012

3 stars

A Poetic film from director/writer David Gordon Green that does not not hold together as a whole, but manages to be grim and painful look into grief. Green has quietly become one of the better auteurs of our times. He seems to really understand his characters and truly cares about them. That is also the reason why his films are so effective and one of a kind. You do not just sit and watch these people. You live and feel with them. Snow Angels which is his greatest film to date, will leave a lasting impression on you most certainly. It is a film with a strong impact. It also has wonderfully claustrophobic winter-setting that creates a feeling of unease and strange beauty at the same time. And when it comes to acting it is hard to see better acting anywhere in these days. Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale truly reminds us what great actors are made of. Snow Angels can be little unfocused at times , but you know that it has touched you in rare kind of way, when you notice returning yourself to its world and its characters over and over in your head long after the end credits.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012

2 stars

An overwrought tragedy, that doesn't provide much of a purpose. A good watch for Beckinsale and Rockwell fans, maybe.

- SajinPA, Wednesday, June 8, 2011