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 7.99
From 874 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.



  • Shocker

    By Mitcheye69Radar
    I'm a huge Nesbo/Harry Hole fan and finally gave in to the temptation of watching this film. What a mistake. Terrible plot, gratuitous gore, flat acting and sub-plots which are completely unrelated. The main thread of the story is near enough impossible to follow and the ending is pathetic. Snowman was the first Hole novel I read - it is brilliant - please do not watch this film, read the books and if there is a sequel let's hope it's better.
  • Likeable

    By Alexanderugan
    It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either. It was just a little bit boring
  • No!

    By MAZ-0
    Utterly rubbish.
  • Disappointing

    By Rinker 242
    We were looking forward to this - book was great and the trailer looked good. However, the film simply doesn't stack up - no tension whatsoever and didn't particularly care who got killed. No feeling for the characters at all.
  • Great film

    By Jacob355
    Finally something much better than dull nonsense like Fast and Furious.
  • Slow!

    By Smcbw
    I love psychological thrillers but sadly this for me was just slow and a bit boring! I also worked out the killer pretty early on so at least I got some joy knowing I was right! You want to be on the edge of your seat, enjoying the chase, the police working it out and it just wasn’t there. I’m disappointed it could have been so much more!
  • 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.