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Winter Solstice

  R HD Closed Captioning

Josh Sternfeld

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Plot Summary

A family struggles to come to terms with changes after a death in the family in this independent drama. Jim Winters (Anthony LaPaglia) is a widower living in suburban New Jersey with his two teenage sons, Gabe (Aaron Stanford) and Pete (Mark Webber). Pete, the younger of the siblings, has a hearing problem that has made school difficult for him; consequently, he has lost interest in his education and spends most of his time goofing off. Gabe is smarter and more ambitious, and has a stable relationship with his girlfriend, Stacey (Michelle Monaghan), but is beginning to chafe at the limitations of small-town life. And five years after his wife's death, Jim still hasn't been able to pick up and start his life over again. When Gabe announces he's decided to move to Florida, it has differing effects on those around him — Stacey, hurt and confused, begins to withdraw; Pete strikes up a friendship with one of his teachers (Ron Livingston); and Jim struggles to work up the nerve to talk to his new neighbor, Molly Ripkin (Allison Janney. Winter Solstice was the first feature film from writer and director Josh Sternfeld; it won enthusiastic notices following its screenings at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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60%
  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Ultimately undercut by its fictional elements and its flat characters. – Janice Page, Boston Globe, May 21, 2005

Fresh: This kind of conceptual and directorial control isn't as easy to accomplish as it might look, and it's particularly welcome in this era of overheated hysteria, both on the screen and off. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Apr 26, 2007

Fresh: It's the kind of narrow-gauged drama that either will drive you crazy or absorb you in its low-key rhythms. Mostly, I went along for the ride. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It has everything an indie film could desire -- except for a compelling plot or dramatic tension. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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