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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 7, 2018
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  • Summary: The parents of 12-year-old Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez) decide he must leave Honduras after being targeted by a local gang. His journey to locate his uncle in Arizona is thwarted when he is captured by Border Patrol and put in "the icebox," the processing center for children in this film basedThe parents of 12-year-old Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez) decide he must leave Honduras after being targeted by a local gang. His journey to locate his uncle in Arizona is thwarted when he is captured by Border Patrol and put in "the icebox," the processing center for children in this film based on Daniel Sawka's short film. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 7, 2018
    90
    A wrenching, harrowing movie about one Honduran boy's quest for asylum, and the conditions he faces after being apprehended in the United States. Acquired by HBO, the spare project from first-time writer-director Daniel Sawka weds the stark feel and look of a documentary with the emotional wallop that comes from drama.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 7, 2018
    80
    Icebox is not a documentary. But it does have a spare, naturalistic and awkwardly acted style that helps sell its story, which goes only so far into the legal nuances or politics of the detainee crisis on the southern border. What it’s really about is a kid, caught in a net. ... Icebox is less agitprop than it is an exposé of apathy.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 7, 2018
    80
    Save for Oscar’s convenient encounter with a reluctantly helpful outsider, Icebox is markedly free of contrivances while winding its way toward a resolution that is at once emotionally satisfying and unsentimentally honest..
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 7, 2018
    67
    Tethered by Gonzalez’s authentic performance, Icebox doesn’t ask for sympathy, nor does it demonize the people Oscar comes in contact with as he tries to remain in the U.S.
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  1. Dec 26, 2018
    6
    Probably more than one person can disagree with the story and the theme that this documentary touches but the film work is direct andProbably more than one person can disagree with the story and the theme that this documentary touches but the film work is direct and authentic enough to enjoy it. Expand