• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ang Lee
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 13, 1998
  • 20th Century Fox


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The Ice Storm Reviews

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)

February 27, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

What struck me about it was the fluidity and discipline of Lee's direction, the performances which captured so beautifully the confusion of that period of cultural and sexual evolution, and the compassion which I think is a feature of all of Lee's films.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)

February 27, 2014
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

June 12, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Michael Dequina

Beautifully nuanced, passionately performed, and terrifically realized piece of work.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

February 15, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Beautifully acted, refreshingly un-camp in its take on wide lapels and progressive rock and occasionally coolly moving. It's just that ultimately, there's less here than meets the eye.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008


Arguably Lee's first truly essential film.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...

Full Review Source: Variety

July 28, 2008
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine

As in any joke, destiny is a major character.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

A rich and elegant drama.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Emanuel Levy

What impressively begins as a gentle social satire gradually becomes a conventional family melodrama, one that lacks a clear moral center and in which the parents are just as confused as their children

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

October 25, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a black comedy ... that ultimately acquires Hitchcockian levels of suspense.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

June 2, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Ang Lee is a terrific filmmaker, but his usually upbeat directing style is stilted by the angst It's a well crafted, but, ultimately, negative-feeling movie.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It's concerned with the differences between the culture we profess and the lifestyles we actually indulge. Even more, it's about the consequences of betrayal.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: A

January 15, 2005
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

This is a cold and calculating film that will temporarily dampen those fond memories of everything we cherish from two decades back.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Sketched with subtlety and refined detail worthy of Ingmar Bergman.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Damn, is this film great!

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2002
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
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