Common Sense Media says

Superb indie drama features great acting, smart script.

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(out of 5 reviews)
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Parent Written byImjustsaying January 27, 2011

Good for mature children 10 and up

I just watched this alone and it had no sex or drug use in it. The movie is intense because of the subject matter but that's it. It's a exciting movie to watch and you won't be bored. I think a mature 10 year old will be able to watch it and understand that these two women and smugglers and that it's a crime.
Teen, 13 years old Written bym1 June 30, 2009

Excellent Directorial Debut

The film was smart and featured great performances. It was both gripping and frequently perceptive.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 1, 8, 10, and 14 year old Written bythejokerspencil February 21, 2009

Good Acting not much else

Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 November 5, 2013

Low budget but high on acting

Leo portrays a very specific type of woman: the kind of person who looks like they're about to give it all up because the world has repeatedly knocked them down, but she knows for her kids she has to keep going. She's a fearless but also flawed lady that has several depths to her, along with her reluctant partner Lila, an Indian, who knows more than her fair share of unfairness. The movie isn't exactly a survivor movie like "Cast Away's" a survivor movie, but with the awful hand they've been dealt these women just have to persevere and work twice as hard as anyone else. It's a fairly gripping character study and solid thriller towards the climax.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove September 16, 2012

A winner!!!!

Frozen River is an exceptional movie. Seen it several times and it's a must watch!! A very realistic look at smuggling illegal immigrants across the frozen river from Canada to New York. Ray (Melissa Leo) and Lila (Misty Upham) cross paths when Lila steals Ray's car. They're both short on money and both have children. Ray's desperate to make extra cash for Christmas when her husband took off without notice with their down payment on a new home. Making minimum wage at Yankee Dollar, she confronts her manager to move her up to full time as he had promised but he refuses. After one round of smuggling together, Ray and Lila develop a special bond and an agreement to split the profits from then on. The story is quite sad and depressing, but is a real eye opener too. Lila losing touch with her one year old son is very sad but doesn't stop to fight for him back! There's some language (several uses of the "f" word, b*tch and bulls**t, some racial slang) - one brief scene in a strip club with a semi-clothed dancer - some violence, main character smokes. Perfect for adults - Kids won't be interested in this although it's safe for ages 13 and up!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing