The Ice Harvest Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
Dead cold
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A smug, and awfully dull quasi-noir comedy...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 12, 2008
...generally comes off as an effective adaptation of Scott Phillips' admittedly superior novel...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
When a lot of you tell me you want intelligent movies made by adults for adults, you're asking for movies like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 21, 2006
A great cast, a script by Oscar-winning veteran Robert Benton, with Richard Russo, and direction by Harold Ramis still don't add up to much more than a shrug.
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
February 18, 2006
90% cynicism / 10% hope, and it's jammed full of funny performances, dark divergences, and a low-key air of existential angst that you simply don't see in many multiplex movies. I love this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 2, 2006
There's an enjoyably pulpy vibe to The Ice Harvest, aided considerably by the performance of a flame-haired, throaty-voiced Connie Nielsen who vamps it up like a 1940s femme fatale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 14, 2006
Both unfunny and rather gruesome
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 3, 2006
Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
December 24, 2005
Memo to John Cusack: There's a thin line between humorous unflappability in the face of strange events, and sleepwalking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
December 15, 2005
A total (bomb), the wrong project for almost everyone involved.
| Original Score: 1/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 10, 2005
It's perfectly possible to enjoy The Ice Harvest, just as soon as you recognize it as Harold Ramis' willful attempt to thwart every expectation he's built up in his career as a cineplex funster.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 10, 2005
... the film's difficult genre straddling never quite congeals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 7, 2005
Nielsen's Renata is icy cold in her calculations, and an object lesson in how to play a lethal charmer plausibly without losing any of her erotic appeal. She alone is worth the price of admission.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 2, 2005
A film populated by nasty characters who spend nearly 90 minutes doing nasty things to one another. That some of those things are darkly funny helps, but not enough to merit a viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 2, 2005
How I wish I hadn't seen "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" just days before I saw "The Ice Harvest."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 2, 2005
...An enjoyable early Christmas present...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 1, 2005
Another barren black comedy that skates a thin line between bad taste and gift-wrapped stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2005
Feels too much like Coen Brothers Lite -- and it's too busy nailing down the cynicism to worry too much about the quirkiness that tends to make the Coens' work palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 30, 2005
As an exercise in neo-noir, the film is surprisingly inert, and as a dark comedy, it fails to offer many laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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