The Ice Harvest Reviews

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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
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
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 18, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Bullz-Eye.com
December 10, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 10, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
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.

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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 29, 2005

The Ice Harvest delivers a nice mix of humor, tension, and seediness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
November 29, 2005

The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star
Top Critic
November 28, 2005

... a thriller that's not very thrilling but is as violent as the best of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
November 28, 2005

Casting Cousin Eddie as a Mob heavy is the least of Harvest's comic genuius.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 28, 2005

[T]he tired heist concept is considerably enlivened by excellent casting and behind-the-camera pedigree.

| Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 28, 2005

Delightfully seedy outing involves cold cash, hot women, cruel betrayal and Christmas Eve.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy Myers
Contra Costa Times
November 28, 2005

It's not a good movie, but it is one that provides guilty relief for a dad or mom sick of watching The Santa Clause for the umpteenth time.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
November 28, 2005

The Ice Harvest isn't a subversive piece of work; it's not making some grand statement about the dark side of the holiday spirit. But what it is saying in its grimly funny way is that we can't always control the timing of our disasters.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
November 28, 2005

Make no mistake: This is an R-rated, mean-spirited movie for which Christmas makes a great backdrop, but only if you really hate Christmas. If not, It's A Wonderful Life is sure to be playing somewhere.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 28, 2005

The movie twinkles sardonically, like the eyes of the Grinch when Chuck Jones animates the character's most cunning, twisted smile.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

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The Nation
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February 7, 2006

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Guardian
February 4, 2006


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December 10, 2005


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
December 10, 2005


Baltimore Sun
December 10, 2005

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 10, 2005

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