The Snowman

The Snowman

By Tomas Alfredson

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Date: 2017-10-12
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 59min
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America, Norway, Sweden
  • iTunes Price: GBP 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 4.49
From 763 Ratings


Based on the international bestselling crime novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, The Snowman follows a homicide detective (Academy Award®-nominee Michael Fassbender) investigating the disappearance of a woman during the first snowfall of winter. The details of the case lead him to suspect that an at-large serial killer may be on the prowl again. Assisting the investigation is a hotshot detective played by Rebecca Ferguson. Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In) directs.



  • Brilliant

    By grejoh4
    I have read the reviews here, but as my first choice of film to rent is thriller i decided to see for myself if it deserves the poor ratings it's been given. and to my surprise i find The Snowman to be the best thriller i've seen this year purely because it is refreshing to have to try and work out the dimensions of the plot along with being very surprised at the end, to be honest i find it on par with the book, this film for me me is brilliantly filmed and brilliantly acted so for that reason it deserves from me 5 stars.
  • Don't follow the Sheeple!

    By drewhorner
    I was really worried to watch this film after reading so many harsh reviews of 1 or 2 stars! But go in with an open mind, and you will enjoy this multi-layered thriller. Beautifully shot and well directed with powerful yet subtle performances from a great ensemble. A big fan! I was gripped from start to finish.
  • Disjointed. Incoherent.

    By Dom2012
    I’m guessing Tomas Alfredson’s twin brother stepped in and directed this one - having never directed a movie in his life. From the opening scene, there seems to be a distinct lack of understanding re dramatic cause and effect. Things happen without setup or explanation. You’re just supposed to accept that something is what the director thinks it is when frankly it is nothing. J K Simmons is wasted. His USP is his voice, so he does another voice that strips him of his charisma. Hard to make JKS ordinary but Alfredson pulls it off. It’s telling Martin Scorsese’s editor is credited - I suspect she was brought in to try to salvage this. But even she couldn’t succeed.
  • A disappointing mess.

    By Jak Luke Sharp
    Somewhere, deep down inside Alfredson’s attempted and drastically flawed Nordic thriller there’s a decent film. However, the final product, apparently frantically edited down as well as a rushed production, ultimately leaves us with an uneventful bore, and unfortunately so. It has all the ingredients for both a franchise and engaging energetic mystery, but what’s put forward is just incredibly bland and half the film is seemingly missing. Instead it injects backstory and exposition, but in very strange ways, a Val Kilmer cameo for example, which adds absolutely nothing and only serves for a weird character, the beats and mystery decides to start dropping it becomes predictable and blatant. A disappointing venture for everyone involved.
  • Excellent thriller

    By Pickle999
    Gripping edge of your seat atmospheric thriller.
  • Awful

    By catspelle
    Didn’t understand the plot. Acting was dreadful. Sound even worse. Waste of money.
  • Excellent cinematography- worth watching

    By Ployonion
    Not the best story line in the world, but worth a watch - very well shot and from this perspective alone worth watching. Scenery from around Norway pretty spectacular.
  • Snow Blind

    By Sky Ranger
    Yes! I enjoyed the book! Nooo!! I was disappointed by the film. Argh!!! Why does this happen so often with adaptions? Whilst Fasssbender is always a quality act the direction and the script were slush. You want 'Nord Noir' and end up with 'Oh Dear'. Wouldn't the book have been better suited to a six part quality TV series? To help explain the characters and the complexities of the book more representative to the original story? Wonder what the author, Jo Nesbo, felt about the film? ( As he nestled in the piles of cash Hollywood threw at him : )
  • Extremely Poor

    By Schofs
    I read the book which I enjoyed and had heard the reviews about the film were bad and sadly this was confirmed when I watched the film. It could and should have been so much better - wish I hadn't wasted my money.
  • Disappointing... very

    By SB247SB
    Ok so I had high expectations of this movie. I loved the book. Full of intricate tension. Fabulous story. But like others have said this is a disappointing movie. I like Fass as Harry Hole. He’s a convincing Hole. But the story in this film feels confused. Maybe it’s just a poor screenplay adaptation? Actually, given the excellence of the book, I think the two hour movie format is just wrong. Netflix if you’re reading.... the story is a series... to do it justice. So I don’t blame the director or the screenwriter, they had a difficult gig here, I blame the studio for buying the rights to this book.