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Thin Ice (2012)

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59

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

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52

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Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story - all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man

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Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher

Jun 12, 2012

$0.8M

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (18)

It's just a little slow getting started.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The movie never fully clicks.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo."

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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At one point you're looking at the screen going, "This makes no sense!" Then after a long conclusionary explanation, you shake your head and say, "I'm still not sure that made much sense."

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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There's nothing like the macabre to bring intrigue to an ordinary life, and nothing like the logistics of body disposal to challenge an insurance salesman.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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If only the film were as good as Kinnear.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Thin Ice's troubled production history - the film was famously taken away from director Jill Sprecher and re-edited following its Sundance premiere - can't quite dampen what is, for the most part, an entertaining little comedy/thriller...

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The characters are endearingly flawed, the set-up is mischievously appealing and the story is endlessly surprising. The humour is black, the resolution audacious.

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

In the vein of Fargo and A Simple Plan, Thin Ice is a delicious black crime comedy that melts before our eyes

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It builds suspense slowly and surely as things begin to come apart for Kinnear, but it eventually grows tiresome and the twist ending is still a bit hard to swallow.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

...the film that has made its way into theaters is no disgrace to any of the names in the credits. Still, it would be very interesting to see the movie that the Sprechers intended to make.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The movie's gently snowbound Midwestern setting blunts some of the story's harsher edges, and the characters mostly feel real.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

... the ride is pretty giddy ...

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Cracks show in Thin Ice

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The only things differentiating Thin Ice from Fargo? A lack of Midwestern accents and entertainment value.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

An amusingly nerve-wracking trek into the snow and out onto the ice with those funny folks in the land of "you betcha."

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's convoluted and clever, and on that score it works quite nicely. But if you're looking for something substantial beyond this, you're looking for a different movie.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A climactic twist tries to make the movie that preceded it more interesting in retrospect than it was while it unfolded, but the plot is too implausible -- too unbelievable, really -- to be clever.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Thin Ice is choppy, its tone jumps, it has an unnecessary voice-over, and one wonders about the easy, sappy ending. One also wonders what the original movie was like before it fell through the thin ice of manipulation.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Comment (1)
tonymacklin.net

...has the requisite twists and turns of a good whodunit and entertains right to the end.

March 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Writer sisters Karen and Jill (who also directs) Sprecher look to the "Fargo" playbook for their twisty modern noir, and while much of it feels awfully familiar, a great cast and third act twist raise it above similar wannabes...

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Thin Ice

Mildly entertaining. Decent twist at the end...
May 7, 2013
itsjustme2004

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Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where Ordinary Folks Can Make a Killing.

Good movie! I really liked this movie. It did remind me of Fargo in some ways and Greg Kinnear was excellent as the bumbling,slightly crooked insurance agent. The film maintains a steady pace, each detail is thoroughly absorbed and clearly never losing sight that its all building up to, not if, but when Mickey will cross the line from white-collar liar to criminal. Although "Thin Ice" is a fascinating take on the relationship between a simple Midwest farmer and convincing insurance man, it is foremost a story of the consequences of lying and when those lies will come back to haunt you. This thoroughly engaging and captivating little tale works from beginning to end. If one were to focus on possible weaknesses it would only be that true to it's Midwestern stylings its not overly flashy Nor particularly gritty compared to slicker studio productions. That being said "Thin Ice" is completely its own film and gives very little to dislike.

Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story - all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a madcap spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing.
June 22, 2012
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Manu Gino

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Harmlessly enjoyable and filled with amusing twists and turns, but is pummeled by an twist ending that is way too complex and clever for its own good.
February 19, 2012
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer

At a convention, Mickey Prohaska(Greg Kinnear), an insurance salesman, not only loses his shirt and money, but also his wallet which turns up quickly. All of which only adds to the problems he has been having lately, including with his wife(Lea Thompson). At least, he hires Bob(David Harbour) who seems promising enough and quickly shows that when he signs Gorvy(Alan Arkin) to a policy which might have to be increased when Leonard Dahl(Bob Balban) stops by to value a very valuable violin in Gorvy's possession.

"Thin Ice" is a prime example of filmmakers not being as smart as they think are, nor having any true idea as to the tone they are going after. Therefore, you are left with a very good cast in search of any kind of direction. In any case, Greg Kinnear seems like too nice a guy to play such a heel and even Billy Crudup cannot pick up the slack. In the end, you know are in big trouble if Alan Arkin can make no difference at all.
October 21, 2013
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Walter M.

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    1. Gorvy Hauer: It used to be you could trust people. You let your dog out in the middle of the night and they kill him.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Mickey Prohaska: People will try to convince you of anything. Anything can be the start of a conversation.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Mickey Prohaska: Believe none of what you hear, and half of what you see.
    – Submitted by Zachary C (2 years ago)
    1. Gorvy Hauer: Do you sell dog insurance?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Mickey Prohaska: What starts out lookin' like an easy score, can turn out to be anything but simple.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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