The Iceman Reviews

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Michael Dequina
August 28, 2013
'Big bad' with a side dish of bats--t crazy is the specialty of Michael Shannon, and so scarily good he is in mining this wheelhouse that one does not dare to complain about him repeating himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 24, 2013
The Iceman rests on the power of one hell of a performance from Shannon, with this monster of an actor playing a monster of a man with frightening intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Ariel Vromen doesn't do so much in terms of the story (which spans 20 years, with corresponding hair fluctuations), but he seems to know his violence, and he's a true artiste when it comes to the queasy polyester ambience that holds this thing together.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
The Iceman is dark and gritty but there's not enough excitement or tension to really pull you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 11, 2013
Shannon's mesmerising performance has a Frankenstein edge to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 9, 2013
A truly mesmerising turn by Shannon that allows him to cultivate all his ugly thoughts into one brooding menace ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
June 8, 2013
As a chronicle of one of America's most infamous criminals, it's a chilling one. Much of that credit must go to Shannon however, who delivers inspired work sometimes in spite of the mostly conventional feature around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
June 7, 2013
Much more involving than the usual hitman thriller, this film takes a deliberately personal approach to its characters that makes it unusually involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
June 7, 2013
Both compelling character study and well crafted mob thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 7, 2013
What makes it at all special is Shannon, who's terrific playing the human being behind the murderer, a man so psychopathic that he doesn't realise he's actually a monster posing as a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cheryl Mullin
Birmingham Post
June 7, 2013
The Iceman is a welcome adult thriller and its neat period touches will help to transfix many from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
June 6, 2013
Engaging and enjoyable true-life thriller, enlivened by some impressive production design work, a strong script and superb performances from Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
June 3, 2013
Ultimately The Iceman isn't so much a movie as a treadmill with corpses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2013
It's as hard to look away from Shannon's performance as it is to look directly at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
May 29, 2013
Kneel before Shannon. His primal, powerhouse turn drives this criminal biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 28, 2013
Kuklinski is thought to have killed over 100 people in the '70s and '80s, and in looking into Shannon's cold, dead eyes, you wonder if that's lowballing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Widgett Walls
May 27, 2013
Person A went to Place B and shot Person C in D Face and that's all well and good...but if I'm going to spend time with someone, I want to know a little bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2013
Shannon's chilling performance keeps the movie's wheels spinning
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 24, 2013
Riveting. Michael Shannon nails this one. Rarely does a movie end leaving me wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 23, 2013
Shannon conveys the contract killer's utter detachment from humanity, providing a mute but menacing presence that wastes few words or emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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