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Frozen

8/10
Comedy . Adventure . Animation . Family
 

Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and snowman Olaf. On an adventure where she will find out what friendship, courage, family, and true love really means.

 
Actors: Maia Wilson , Stephen J. Anderson , Chris Williams , Ciarán Hinds , Alan Tudyk , Santino Fontana , Josh Gad , Jonathan Groff , Idina Menzel , Kristen Bell
Directors: Chris Buck , Jennifer Lee
Country: USA
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  • Claudia Puig

    Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The studio made a great film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Frozen is fabulous.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    As far as animated movies go, it doesn't get that much better than Frozen. It's a new Disney classic.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Frozen, for all its innovations, is not fundamentally revolutionary. Its animated characters are the same familiar, blank-faced, big-eyed storybook figures. But they are a little more psychologically complex than their Disney forerunners.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Frozen is a delightful animated musical, a return to form for Disney animation with an intriguing story and terrific songs.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Disney’s Frozen works beautifully as a timeless fairy tale with a modern twist.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Frozen impresses by conveying coldness in all its frostbitten beauty, from northern lights and blizzards, to ice magnifying, refracting and reflecting light. The movie is a lovely example for animation enthusiasts to study.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Engaging characters, an unforced pro-girl agenda and amusing songs make this at least the equal to last year’s “Brave.”

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Just squeezably lovely.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Tom Shone

    Frozen hews to real, recognisable plumb-lines and casts a lingering spell.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Frozen is one of the few recent films to capture that classic Disney spirit.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    The animation is beautiful, the music is catchy and the lyrics are clever.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The impact of this sisterhood fable on viewers should be as warm and rapturous as Olaf the snowman’s dream of summer. Child, teen or septuagenarian, you’ll warm to Frozen.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The animation is pretty, the songs are tuneful, and Josh Gad gets big laughs as Olaf, a snowman with a sun fetish. It's the holidays, people, work with it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Frozen could also leave its mark as the next step in the Disney Princess feminist revisionism championed by last year’s “Brave.” Where that film staunchly pushed a men-don’t-define-me theme throughout, here it’s the requisite fairy tale ending that gets tweaked.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Not great Disney but good enough to engage viewers young and old.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Frozen establishes a strong, confident tone: Cool mythology, rich, vivid animation, and 3-D effects that are actually worth seeing, not just migraine-inducing distractions.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kevin McFarland

    In its simple pleasures, it’s every bit as enjoyable as "Winnie The Pooh," with a strong and valuable moral undercurrent to boot.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    With most of its voices hailing from Broadway, it's a good bet the composers have one eye fixed on a future stage incarnation; makes sense, then, that there'd be references to a couple of Disney's Broadway hits. The opening number sounds a lot like "The Lion King"; then there's a "Beauty and the Beast"-style tour of the town.

    NPR Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The animated comedy-adventure has a sweet and very modern message, plus strong characters. More important, the movie blends the music-minded mentality of yore with the more recent ambition (thank you, Pixar) of truly appealing to all ages.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition Frozen works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The film transcends its various borrowings and occasional stumblings with a modern, exuberant spirit that draws heat from Broadway-style musical numbers and, before and after everything else, from marvelous 3-D animation

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks. Yet what a curious plot it is.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    At its best, though, it breaks a little more new ground for Disney, escaping the yet-another-princess mode and finding new kinds of family dynamics to explore, and new ways to step outside its long-established boundaries.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Sherilyn Connelly

    Frozen is a fun ride with some catchy tunes.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Energetic, humorous and not too cloying, as well as the first Hollywood film in many years to warn of global cooling rather than warming, this tuneful toon upgrades what has been a lackluster year for big studio animated fare.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.

    Variety Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Little girls will absolutely love it, though. That much is undeniable.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    There’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney cartoon, a distant cousin of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, “The Snow Queen.”

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    The film's empowering themes of feminine strengths and bonds eventually flourish in novel fashion.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Josh Winning

    Not quite up there with "Tangled," but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next "The Little Mermaid" continues...

    Total Film Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    The plot’s all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way.

    Empire Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    What’s crucially missing, however, is a hissable villain. Nor are there any memorable tunes, which is too bad given that Broadway star Menzel is playing Elsa.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The real highlight, though, is the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Frozen can count in its favor visual grandeur, two energetic young women as co-leads, and a couple of plot twists that place the film a cut above your average princess fare.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The story — aside from a climax that plays like a too-knowing rebuke to Disney formula — goes tediously through the motions. It isn’t only Papa Walt’s head that’s been put on ice.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Cusack and Cage — who don’t have any scenes together until halfway through — do their best work in years, while erstwhile “High School Musical’’ star Hudgens shows off acting chops missing in “Spring Breakers.’’

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Cage, without having to play a ghostly motorcyclist or hot rod driver from Hell or sorcerer or sci-fi hero or kinky cop, reminds us that he used to know subtlety. So even if Frozen Ground breaks little new ground in the serial killer thriller genre, there’s hope Cage will leave the ham behind before Alaska freezes over.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Josh Winning

    It’s handsomely lensed, and when Cage and Cusack finally go nose-to-nose, the fur does fly.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    With Cage as a harried cop, Cusack as a serial killer and 50 Cent as a pimp, we're assuming the casting department kicked off early on this one. Still, there's plenty in this taut thriller for you to stick around for, not least the reuniting of the Con Air duo.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    This is an unambitious, old-school thriller, nothing more and nothing less.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack give solid performances in this Prime Suspect-like thriller.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    Ultimately, the cumulative effect is deadening, just another chapter in an endless battle between overtasked and underpaid good guys, and cowardly baddies; the only real humanity in the film comes from Hudgens’ Cindy, who seems like a wild card of sorts, her character’s dimensions suggesting a world outside of the lurid details of this case. Refreshingly, she’s the only one in the film who refuses to be defined by the death and tragedy surrounding her.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    [A] solid if unmemorable true-crime drama.

    Variety Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Unfortunately, writer-director Scott Walker's film is a muddled and strangely inert one, generating little of the suspense or anguish its subject requires; despite its high-profile cast.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie’s only fresh element is the wintry setting, which shrouds everything in a mood of weary fatalism. Otherwise, it’s the same old, same old, efficiently discharged and utterly disposable.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Staeger

    The climactic interrogation wraps up neatly and just in time, much more like a story "based on actual events" than the events themselves.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Matthew Kassel

    A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Taste and good intentions are only going to get one so far with a script this tone deaf and direction this ugly and monotonous.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    What’s more depressing: that John Cusack chose the junky, un-exciting serial killer drama The Frozen Ground as his latest step away from John Cusack-y roles, or that Nicolas Cage chose to, at long last, be as un-Cage-like as possible?

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Fans of Cage and Cusack, previously paired as unlikely allies in Con Air (1997), may be looking forward to a bit of deranged actorly combat once Hansen is cornered in the interrogation room, but it’s here that this hopeless flick comes up especially short.

    The Telegraph Full Review
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