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Second Opinion – The Snowman (2017)

6 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Snowman, 2017.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons


Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

For the third time this year, Michael Fassbender has delivered a decent performance in a film well below his talents. Following Assassin’s Creed and Alien: Covenant I had high hopes that this tremendous actor would be given some meaty material. Unfortunately The Snowman has too much going on for its own good.

Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, a drunk and slightly passed it policeman who is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with the titular killer who leaves snowmen at the scene of his crimes. So far so good. Unfortunately the audience are then treated to multiple smaller stories that detract from the case and »

- Helen Murdoch

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Review: The Snowman (2017)

13 hours ago | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Ever looked at something and thought where did it all go wrong? Sometimes a movie has everything going for it, a great concept, a great cast, a great crew and some stunning ideas and then it just flat out does not work. Remember Hancock and how it derailed? Or Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? Well, I’m sad to report that director Tomas Alfredson’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let The Right One In) adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Snowman is a real disappointment to fans of the book and newcomers alike.

From the bleak first scene to the impressive who’s who opening credits backed by Marco Beltrami’s unnerving scoring (which practically melts away into unremarkable territory after this point), this is a film that looks like it could have that lingering Scandinavian Drama/Thriller inspired chill and a real horrific thrill. A »

- Jack Bottomley

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'The Snowman': What the Critics Are Saying

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The reviews for Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are in, and the general takeaway is that the film, based on Jo Nesbo's 2007 best-seller, falls flat. The Universal and Working Title film, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, follows a detective (Fassbender) who teams up with a new recruit (Rebecca Ferguson) to track down a serial killer who builds a snowman each time he strikes.

The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton calls the film, which released on Friday, "cold and lifeless" in his review: "For all its »

- Arlene Washington

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The Snowman Director Knows Why His Movie Sucks

21 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One would have thought that a movie produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by the guy who made Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with a cast that includes Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, would have turned out to be one of the better movies of the fall season. That's not the case. The Snowman, by most accounts, is a complete disaster. Director Tomas Alfredson is already going on the defensive, doing his best to explain why this dumpster fire isn't his fault. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"Our shoot time in Norway was way too short. We didn't get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It's like when you're making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don't see the whole picture."

According to Tomas Alfredson, "It happened very abruptly, »

- MovieWeb

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Review: The Snowman

21 hours ago | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic Oslo detective, investigates a string of serial killings targeting women, where the killer’s signature is an ominous snowman. Review: The Snowman should have been a prestige offering, with director Tomas Alfredson coming off Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, not to mention the cast, the fact that it’s based on author Jo... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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'The Snowman' Review: Serial-Killer Thriller Is Even Wtf Worse Than You've Heard

23 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dear Michael,

Can we call you Michael? Mike? No? Mr. Fassbender it is. So, we've seen your new movie The Snowman, and we should start off by saying we're big fans of your work. The political prisoner on a hunger strike, the sex addict in a downward spiral, the slave owner that's emblematic of a whole 360-degree dehumanizing institution, the mutant guy, the android guy, the guy who gets the shit kicked out of him by Gina Carano, the shirtless sword-and-sandal dude, the other shirtless sword-and-sandal dude – it's a solid resumé, »

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The Snowman – Review

20 October 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Michael Fassbender in The Snowman. Photo by Jack English. © Universal Pictures

Director Tomas Alfredson helmed a pair of outstanding films, the gripping ground-breaking Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, and Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy, a moody, first-rate film adaptation of John LeCarre’s brainy bestselling spy novel. So one has to wonder what on earth happened with his latest film The Snowman, a crime thriller that boasts a cast including Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer, and Chloe Sevigny. The Snowman is not merely bad, it is outright awful. Reportedly, even the director thinks the film is bad, expressing frustration the conditions under which it was made.

Adapted from Jo Nesbo’s novel of the same name, The Snowman focuses on Olso policeman Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigating the case of a missing woman who turns up links to a cold case. One thing »

- Cate Marquis

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The Snowman Review: So Horrible, I Wish I Could Unsee It

19 October 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Snowman is a huge disappointment. The film is painfully slow and disjointed with a nonsensical plot. The mystery at its core seems to have been strung together with masking tape. It boggles the mind that a well-regarded source novel, fantastic cast, and veteran production team ended up with such an unmitigated disaster. It is the latest example of how great ingredients do not always lead to a tasty cake. The Snowman is abysmal at best.

The Snowman takes place in present day Oslo, Norway; but flashbacks in time periodically. Michael Fassbender stars as Detective Harry Hole. He's a blackout drunk, but established as "legendary" investigator. Rebecca Ferguson costars as Katrine Bratt, a new detective chasing a mysterious cold case. A young mother disappears. The pair investigates, but have few clues except for a snowman left outside her home. This coincides with an anonymous, cryptic letter Hole received from "the »

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‘The Snowman’ Review: The Cinematic Equivalent of Hypothermia

19 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Tomas Alfredson’s previous films, Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, have been delicate attempts at genre reconstructions. Let the Right One In isn’t just a vampire film and Tinker Tailor isn’t just a spy film. They take the genre conventions and find a way to do something new. Sometimes it works like with Let the Right One In and sometimes it comes up a little short like Tinker Tailor, but you can at least see a careful hand at work. His latest film, The Snowman, goes off the rails so badly that … »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

19 October 2017 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. An alcoholic »

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The Snowman: its director explains what went wrong

18 October 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Oct 19, 2017

The Snowman arrived in cinemas in pretty odd shape. It director, Tomas Alfredson, has been explaining why...

With the people involved in the new screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s book The Snowman, it was something of a surprise that the film itself was so muddled. Michael Fassbender stars in the film, that’s directed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Tomas Alfredson. The movie has received poor reviews, though, and Alfredson has given an interview to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation where he explains what went wrong.

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Bottom line: he didn’t get to shoot 10-15% of the film’s script, because of how quickly the film got started.

Alfredson was hired to direct when Martin Scorsese switched to being executive producer. »

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‘The Snowman’ Director Says They Didn’t Get to Shoot 10-15% of the Script

18 October 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It sounds safe to assume that The Snowman will probably not be up to the same quality as director Tomas Alfredson’s previous two films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Let the Right One In. The Jo Nesbo adaptation is intended to start a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-esque franchise following Michael Fassbender’s detective character Harry Hole, and at one point Martin Scorsese was attached to direct. But when Alfredson signed on, the director tells Nrk (via The Independent) the production was very rushed—to the point that they didn’t shoot 10% to 15% of the script: “… »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold

18 October 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine10/18/2017 10:15:00 Am

Rebecca Ferguson is used to living between two worlds, so she felt right at home making the gory mystery The Snowman.

“It’s by a studio from America and an incredible Swedish director,” Ferguson says over the phone from London. The 34-year-old actor’s mom was English but her dad was Swedish and Ferguson, whose full name is Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström, was born and raised in Stockholm.

“I got to work with Michael Fassbender, run around in deep snow in Norway — which, by the way, if you’ve never been, you should go. It is breathtakingly beautiful up there!”

A beautiful locale for an ugly tale.

It’s hard to avoid horrific violence in any story written by Jo Nesbø, »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed

18 October 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Snowman” hasn’t had an easy ride to the big screen. The adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s best-seller may have assembled a helluva cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloe Sevigny, and more, and snared director Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Let The Right One In“), but the production wasn’t easy, and early reviews weren’t kind.

Continue reading Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Snowman movie review: winter blunderland

17 October 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… A clichéd loose-cannon cop is on a case of murdered women in faux Norway. And it’s not even a decent procedural. Sexist, pointless, thoroughly awful. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; love a good murder mystery

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

He’s a drunk — like, a seriously falling-down, passed-out-in-the-streets drunk — and a walking personal disaster. His ex just can’t live with him anymore and refuses to tell their teenaged son that he is, in fact, the kid’s dad, he’s that unreliable, but she nevertheless continues to find him irresistibly attractive. He’s a cop who goes to pieces without a case, but with a case, he’s utterly brilliant (but also still a drunk). Which is why his boss covers for him, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender

16 October 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “The Snowman” starring Michael Fassbender!

The Snowman,” which opens on Oct. 20, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Jamie Clayton and James D’Arcy from director Tomas Alfredson and writers Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “The Snowman” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Mipcom: On the Set of 'Deep State' With Mark Strong

16 October 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

In a dusty room on the outskirts of Casablanca in Morocco, one of the film industry’s most experienced gun handlers is carefully adding a scope to a sniper rifle he's just pulled out of a large sports bag. The man in question is Mark Strong, star of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, Kingsman and numerous other spy-tinged titles in which he’s been required to know his way around a firearm.

This time, he’s playing Max Easton, a former agent brought out of retirement in the Pyrenees to track down and eliminate a treacherous MI6/CIA cell only to find »

- Alex Ritman

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The Snowman review – Michael Fassbender plays it cool in watchable Jo Nesbø thriller | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

12 October 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The bestseller about a maverick cop on the trail of a serial killer reaches the big screen in a gruesome but watchable adaptation from Tomas Alfredson

Of course it is a letdown to discover that Michael Fassbender is not actually playing the lead in Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman and that he is not, in the words of the song, walking in the air, wearing a white costume and carrot nose, his feet softly pedalling in the magically Christmassy night sky, and his calloused hand in that of a child. In fact, the film he’s in ironically sports with precisely these images of childhood innocence. Fassbender is playing a serial-killer-catching cop in a chilly Scandi procedural, on the trail of a murderer calling himself the Snowman. The officer himself has the borderline ridiculous name of Harry Hole. He is grizzled, alcoholic, rulebook-shredding.

Screenwriters Peter Straughan and Hossein Amini have »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Movie Review – The Snowman (2017)

12 October 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Snowman, 2017.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Sevigny, and Sofia Helin.


When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) 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 (Ferguson), 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.

The Snowman is not Tomas Alfredson’s film, or at least it can’t be. Nothing about it screams Alfredson, nor Nesbo, it has the fingerprints of countless writers, editors and hurried directors desperately trying to piece together a jigsaw made up of pieces unable to fit. From the expositional prologue that plays like a deleted scene from Hannibal Rising or a »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘The Snowman’ Review: Dir. Tomas Alfredson (2017)

11 October 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Snowman review: Tomas Alfredson directs Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole in this highly anticipated film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s breathtaking bestseller.

The Snowman review by Paul Heath.

The Snowman review – Credit: Universal Pictures

The Snowman is gripping, engrossing, terrifying, a story with much intrigue and overbearing foreboding – one of Jo Nesbø’s very best in his series of Harry Hole thrillers. The film version, released this week into cinemas to huge anticipation, is sadly none of those things.

A boy witnesses his mother having sexual intercourse with a man who is referred to as his uncle. This man, far from kind to the young boy, is seen quizzing him over varying history related questions just prior, his frustrations being taken out on both should an answer be given incorrectly. A series of event leads to his mother committing suicide by drowning in an icy lake, an event witnessed entirely by the young boy. »

- Paul Heath

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