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Ice Princess

Ice Princess (2005)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 50

This likable Disney film gets points for effort, but can't stick the landing when it comes to originality.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 17

This likable Disney film gets points for effort, but can't stick the landing when it comes to originality.



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A teenager is torn between her desire to please her mother and following her own ambitions in this family-friendly comedy drama. Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) is a high-school student who has a keen mind for math and looks to be on the fast track to Harvard, which is just the way her mother (Joan Cusack) wants it. However, Casey also has a dream of becoming a competitive ice skater, which is not a popular notion with either Casey's mom or her school's clique of aspiring skaters, led by


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Hadley Davis

Jul 19, 2005


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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (50) | DVD (26)

The surprisingly twisty plot skates along with zero friction, giving new meaning to 'Disney on Ice.'

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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There are far too many cringe-inducing clichés and gaping plot holes.

March 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The movie does have a strong sense of the special charisma and beauty of these young demons of grace who ride the thin line between dance and sport with unerring precision.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Trachtenberg is thoroughly believable, an unspoiled charmer. Her rise from clumsy girl to someone brimming with confidence and the author of one heckuva physics project, she's a pretty cool princess to root for.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Watching this week's world figure skating championships in Moscow, one wonders why the scriptwriters went to such artificial lengths. There's drama enough in the sport as it is.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A savvier movie (and script) might have been able to mix some grays into its black and white palette.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Sweet, inspiring story tween girls will love.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This dumb-as-a-stump teen girl coming-of-age movie envisions a high school physics geek (Michelle Trachtenberg) who turns into an ice skating pro as a result of her knowledge of physics.

June 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

Pure formula, but nevertheless an enjoyable triple klutz.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but neither is it a sustenance-free afternoon at the Ice Capades

August 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A história e a protagonista têm seu charme, mas a direção esquemática de Fywell e o roteiro repleto de clichês praticamente anulam o potencial do filme.

August 13, 2005
Cinema em Cena

...things are so routine we can guess every action a cliché in advance.

July 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

..while star Michelle Trachtenberg delivers a sincere, engaging performance, there's not a whole lot here to hold the interest of anyone outside the film's target demographic.

July 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Seems like a lot we have seen before, but it is still a good clean movie of finding your dream? Come and find out as she battles with the best.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

It's formulaic stuff, but the film treats the conflicts seriously and possesses a sweet demeanor.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Though Disney's incessant promotion of Hilary Duff has made casual moviegoers run from teen-girl flicks as fast as they can, Ice Princess may bring a few back.

April 8, 2005 Full Review
New Times

Little girls may go for this sort of thing. They won't notice the clunky pacing or the drippy dialogue or the limp plot or the stiff, awkward cameos.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

While Ice Princess doesn't exactly deliver any surprises -- you can easily guess how it will end -- the movie doesn't always go where you expect it to, either.

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The Ice Princess is exactly the kind of film Disney made its reputation on...

March 25, 2005 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Ice Princess, though somewhat clichéd, combines the fire of passion for a dream with the frost of unscrupulous reality.

March 25, 2005

Rife with cliches and sentimentality.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Mean Girls on Ice

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The movie's qualities are unexpectedly refreshing, making for a nice little entertainment that says something worth saying.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Among chick-competition movies, Bring It On still takes the gold; Ice Princess would be lucky to place

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source:

Pity the poor father or the younger brother forced to tag along and watch this mediocre piece of marketing to the Cinderella set

March 23, 2005 Full Review

Aside from the extraordinary implausible nature of the plot, and the infinite string of cliches, Trachtenberg is surprisingly adorable, even though she has absolutely no chemistry with relative newcomer Blumas.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Ice Princess

Awful kids film. The music is the only thing that gives you any emotion in this film since the acting and narrative is dull.
October 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

I really enjoyed this. I love to watch people ice skate and the love between the two characters was beautiful. A really nice chick flick. A must see!
June 23, 2011
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