| Original Score: B+
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...
A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.
| Original Score: 4/4
The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney.
It's unfortunate that as capable a team as director Lee and screenwriter-producer Schamus should have become fascinated with such unpromising material.
| Original Score: 2/5
Despite its mordant undertones, the film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances.
Over and over again in Austen, [Lee's] framing, his course of action, his editing suited and amplified the essence of the scene. But here everything in his directing, absolutely everything, is banal.
Lee daringly chooses to keep his story's motivational mysteries unexplained, leaving this richly observed film open to the viewer's assessments. Yet the sense of imbalance is ever-present and strong.
| Original Score: 4/5
I don't know when I've seen actors realize so many affecting moments in such a muddled conception. Lee's aestheticized approach is its own kind of ice storm.
Perceptively detailed in both the directing and acting, The Ice Storm commands strictest attention from start to finish.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Ice Storm is perceptive about people, relationships, and human nature, and there's not a single moment in the entire 112 minute running length that rings false.
[An] impressive adaptation of the Rick Moody novel.