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The Iceman Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 4, 2013
Even the always-watchable Shannon can't give much life to Kuklinski's two-dimensional presence: he's little more than a series of murders and pained looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 17, 2013
Shannon gets at his character's pent-up torment as well as his efficient disconnect. When his two worlds start to converge -- on his daughter's sweet 16th birthday, no less -- you feel for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2013
A true-crime thriller directed with grit, gristle and punchy energy by Ariel Vromen, The Iceman is never less than fascinating, even if things get a little ham-fisted here and there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
May 17, 2013
As the body count mounts, the movie begins to spin out of control, but Shannon and Vromen don't let it derail. Their focus keep things from melting down.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
May 17, 2013
Michael Shannon is an overpowering actor, and in The Iceman, the best that he can do is wrestle the movie around him to a stalemate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2013
It's a fascinating subject - the beast that lurks inside the family man - but the movie blows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 16, 2013
It's often mesmerizing, primarily for Shannon's performance as a man who's a master of compartmentalizing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 16, 2013
It's as if one of the sideline characters from "Goodfellas" or "The Godfather" starred in his own spinoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 16, 2013
As both violent drama and character study, Israeli director Ariel Vromen's film does everything it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This biopic sounds like a perfect vehicle for Shannon, who's come to specialize in playing psychopaths, but it doesn't give him much to work with.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2013
Why would anyone want to watch something so determinedly downbeat, so unerringly serious? Because of the performances, Shannon's in particular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Toronto Star
May 16, 2013
The script ... offers few insights into Kuklinski's psychic makeup or motivations and even less reason to care about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 16, 2013
While Hollywood keeps coughing up comedies and thrillers about sympathetic hitmen, the true story dramatized in "The Iceman" should bury those noxious fantasies forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 16, 2013
Just when you think you've seen enough of these wiseguys, along comes a story like Kuklinski's, and an actor like Shannon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 5, 2013
The Iceman offers a chronological view into the life of its title protagonist... and what a life it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 3, 2013
There's not much style here, beyond the uniformly good acting, and even less of a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2013
"The Iceman's" problem rests instead with the script, which the director wrote with Morgan Land, his collaborator on the "Rx" screenplay. It never gets underneath Kuklinski's skin in a way that illuminates the psychosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 2, 2013
Michael Shannon's mesmerizing portrayal of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious contract killer, has the paradoxical quality, peculiar to many great screen performances, of being unreadable and transparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 2, 2013
Shannon inhabits this character so completely that by the end of this hard-to-watch, hard-to-look-away-from movie you feel you can, if not understand Richie, at least wish he had found some redemption in life.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 2, 2013
Shannon is brilliantly unnerving as he callously dispenses with people, then returns home to maintain his fašade of a loving husband and father.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
Michael Shannon moves through "The Iceman" like a shark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 2, 2013
Shannon could be looking at an Oscar nomination. His performance is that stone-cold good.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 2, 2013
A sketchy, flatly directed biopic based on one of the most compelling true crime stories out of New Jersey ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
May 2, 2013
Alternating scenes of the psycho-as-family-man with an increasingly grisly and desperate series of hits, it makes for a surprisingly monotonous sit for a movie that also features a killer named Mr. Freezy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2013
With his chiseled-from-granite brow and harrowing, coiled-spring intensity, Michael Shannon is one of those actors who can make just about any movie interesting. And he has his work cut out for him in The Iceman ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 1, 2013
Michael Shannon is so fascinating that I was honestly rooting for him to survive. The point of The Iceman is "Even monsters are human," but it takes a great actor to make a dubious theme convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 30, 2013
This is a wise-guy opera with barely one memorable aria.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rebecca Moss
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
Shannon gives an unnerving performance as a man caged in a cruel apathy, maintaining a controlled fašade that seems to twitch with barely sublimated distress.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 29, 2013
A finely chiseled thriller that reflects the cold-blooded efficiency of its murderous subject in every frame and detai
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2012
The redoubtable Michael Shannon leads a superb cast in Ariel Vromen's compelling portrait of New Jersey career criminal Richard Kuklinski.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 12, 2012
A nagging question looms over the entire endeavor: Do you care?
Full Review | Original Score: C-