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Michael Fassbender’s The Snowman has ABOMINABLE reviews ‘Butchered, exhausted puddle’

The Irish-German star is taking a break from the blockbuster antics of Alien and X-Men, playing a detective in a Norwegian murder mystery.

The synopsis read: “For Detective Harry Hole, the death of a young woman during the first snowfall of winter feels like anything but a routine homicide. His investigation leads him to The Snowman Killer an elusive sociopath who continuously taunts Hole with cat-and-mouse games.

“As the vicious murders continue, Harry teams up with a brilliant recruit to try and lure the madman out of the shadows before he can strike again.”

So far The Snowman has received a frosty reception from the critics, with just 20% positive on Rotten Tomatoes – made up of mainly 1 and 2 star reviews.

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Michael Fassbender’s The Snowman has ABOMINABLE reviews ‘Butchered, exhausted puddle’


A case of a missed opportunity. It references all the right films, but The Snowman comes off as a pale imitation.

Total Film

This intro to a new big-screen detective never quite gels, despite Fassbender’s best efforts. Too unremarkable to leave you anything but cold.

Daily Telegraph

The Snowman goes wrong quickly, permanently, and in a spiral, turning into a nonsensical nightmare of Scandi-noir howlers from which you sometimes feel you may never awaken.

Hollywood Reporter

For all its high-caliber talent mix, The Snowman is a largely pedestrian affair, turgid and humourless in tone.


A production that seems to have been second-, third- and fourth-guessed at every turn, and bears the manifold scars and stitches of on-the-fly rethinking.

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The Snowman is based on the international bestseller by Jo Nesbo

Screen International

It eventually melts into an exhausted puddle.

Little White Lies

A film that feels as butchered as its serial killer’s victims. Ludicrous, but fascinatingly so.

However not every review was so icy, with a couple of outlets rewarding The Snowman three stars.

The Guardian

A serviceable, watchable thriller.


[The Snowman is] entangled, tense and ominous like the snowy winter landscapes in which it passes, but in its resolution hides a twist that flirts dangerously with manipulation.

The Snowman is released in UK cinemas on October 13, 2017.

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