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The Cold Lands


After his mother’s sudden death, a young boy disappears into the deep woods of upstate New York and takes up with an unpredictable and mysterious drifter.

Actors: Silas Yelich , Lili Taylor , Peter Scanavino , Maggie Low , Nick Sandow , John Ventimiglia , Sean Crespo , Tom Gilroy , Trace Henderson , Brian McCormick , Deb Monteith
Directors: Tom Gilroy
Country: USA
Release: 2013-02-01
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The Cold Lands is less a story than an experience, and that, as such, anything one might say about it could be considered a spoiler. Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    In the thoughtful and touching coming-of-age tale The Cold Lands, writer-director Tom Gilroy examines self-reliance as a philosophy and way of life.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Burdened with tangential musings, The Cold Lands is at its most effective when grappling with those who believe themselves so self-reliant that they refuse help from anyone—be it government, charity, or just a well-meaning friend.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    The Cold Lands feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    The Cold Lands goes flat in this middle section. Gilroy’s visual style is strong, but he doesn’t frame the images to chart Atticus’ development, and Yelich, whose only previous screen experience is starring in the video Gilroy directed for R.E.M.’s “It Happened Today,” doesn’t suggest what’s going on beneath the layers of trauma and withdrawal.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The Cold Lands is aimless and dull, but has a rich tone and upstate authenticity.

    New York Daily News Full Review