It's just a little slow getting started.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie never fully clicks.
As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
| Original Score: 3/4
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."
| Original Score: C+
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.
If only the film were as good as Kinnear.
The movie is familiar and generic, a pastiche that often reminds you of other, better films.
Kinnear and director Jill Sprecher make you feel Mickey's squirming desperation, even if the ending feels like a cop-out.
In the end, it's a little too much like its own main character. It wants the big results. But it's not willing to put in the hard work to really earn them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
With a wink, a nudge and a heaping portion of Midwestern charm, "Thin Ice" reels us in.
| Original Score: 3/5
With a handful of blackly humorous jolts and some game performances by a good cast, "Thin Ice" is a watchable, if not terribly original, piece of Midwestern noir.
It would like to remind you of "Fargo" - what with all the snow, the grubbiness and greed, the exaggerated accents and off-kilter rhythms - and it kind of does, but in a dispiriting way.
| Original Score: 2/5
There is some sinister fun to be had in watching Kinnear skating toward disaster on ice that is very thin indeed.
Jill Sprecher's "Thin Ice" is a small, likable movie about a small, not particularly likable man.
Thin Ice is deeper than it first appears.
It is Mr. Kinnear's slippery charm that keeps "Thin Ice" from sinking into the frosty Wisconsin slush toward which it seems to be heading from the start.
This is an icy cocktail of greed, betrayal and murder to be savored.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Some may think of it as jayvee Coen brothers or Hitchcock -- the influences are obvious -- but Sprecher brings her own style to the movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It charts how a man who spends his life playing the angles can miss the hard brick wall he's about to smash into.
| Original Score: B
Enjoyably fuses cleverness and sheer desperation.
| Original Score: B+
A surprisingly entertaining and nonderivative February time-passer, its wretched mid-winter Wisconsin setting notwithstanding.
When a movie is this predicated on aping the Coen brothers (effectively, it should be added, in fits and starts), surprise won't be its strong suit.