Ice People Reviews

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
May 1, 2009
The payoff is relative and internal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
May 1, 2009
The film's hesitation, lack of rhetorical inflation and commitment to humble observation generate a tough poetry. Ice People sticks in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Grant
Time Out
May 1, 2009
With its lack of narration and subjective distance, the film is a uniquely meditative, psychological portrait of individuals who approach scientific exploration with the passion and fervor of artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 30, 2009
An intriguing, focused and often captivating documentary filled with stunningly beautiful cinematography of the Antarctic landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.85/10
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
April 29, 2009
Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 29, 2009
In this painstaking, body-numbing work, finding one perfect leaf fossil is a palpable thrill.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 29, 2009
The director, Anne Aghion, likes to fill the screen with the kinds of lonely landscapes that David Lean once used to suggest another kind of desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
April 28, 2009
Small moments of beauty -- a helicopter landing in a self-created snowstorm -- don't compensate for the overall dullness.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2009
In Ice People, director Anne Aghion locates the banal amidst the beautiful solitude of the Antarctic landscape and finds the beauty that emerges between the banality of the routine tasks of the polar explorers who work there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
April 29, 2009
Immersive, mesmerizing work.
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