Directed by David Gordon Green (R)
A girl’s disappearance illuminates the shattered lives of a small town.
Snow Angels has all the necessary components of the indie formula, said Andrew O’Hehir in Salon.com. The film—a story of teenage love burgeoning against a dissonant backdrop of failing marriages—is full of “Fine Acting, Life Lessons, Meaningful Moments, and Quirky Supporting Characters.” Director David Gordon Green has built a considerable reputation making just this kind of somber, rather quiet small picture. Green keeps us riveted with his damaged characters and the “voyeuristic pull of a first-rate small-town soap opera,” said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Downbeat but utterly engaging, Snow Angels is Green’s best yet. But he’s capable of better, said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. This adaptation of Stewart O’Nan’s novel has its share of petty scandal, including adultery, alcohol abuse, and divorce, but it’s “not an updated Peyton Place.” Instead, Green’s preoccupation with heavy themes deadens the film’s drama, and Snow Angels feels “curiously small and anecdotal.