The Ice Harvest


The Ice Harvest

Critics Consensus

The Ice Harvest offers a couple of laughs, but considering the people involved, it should be a lot funnier.



Total Count: 132


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In icebound Wichita, Kan., its Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking -- and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises


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Critic Reviews for The Ice Harvest

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Audience Reviews for The Ice Harvest

  • Nov 14, 2017
    Unfairly maligned. I think it's an effective noir . . . one that's more driven by bleak depression more than uproarious black comedy. This is just the perfect role for Cusack.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2013
    Charlie Arglist: As Wichita falls... so falls Wichita Falls. "'Twas the night before Christmas" The Ice Harvest is a good little, dark comedy-thriller that has more than just shades of Fargo all over it. This was a fun movie for me. I loved the story and I liked John Cusack as the lead and the supporting cast just helped add more to the whole film experience. I fail to see why this has been so negatively reviewed. Maybe people expected something different, maybe people think it is just a rip-off, but in my mind, this is a worthwhile and really fun movie that doesn't take itself to seriously, but also doesn't give itself completely over to ridiculousness.  Charlie Arglist is a mob lawyer in Wichita, Kansas. It's Christmas Eve and the bad freezing rain is expected to fall all night. Charlie and his friend Vic have just embezzled $2 million from the local mob and now they're just waiting out the rain so they can get out of town. Crimes such as this normally don't go unknown though and soon after successfully getting the money, Charlie begins to think that the mob is looking for him and Vic.  While this isn't wholly original, it's a fun movie that I enjoyed. Every second was entertaining and there is suspense around every corner. I don't understand how so many people could think this was boring. That seems like the one thing it isn't. The movie is dark, funny, wacky, silly, exciting, fun, and suspenseful. Boring is the one thing that never came to my mind while watching The Ice Harvest. So give it a look if you get a chance.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    The Ice Harvest is a dark comedy from director Harold Ramis. This Christmas tale follows a slick, self-hating mob lawyers who pulls off a daring heist from his bosses, but has trouble getting out of town before the mob catches up with him. The cast includes John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Connie Nielsen, but their performances are weak and uninteresting. Additionally, the storytelling is poor, and all the characters are ugly and unsympathetic. Drab and humorless, The Ice Harvest is an insipid piece of garbage.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2012
    Its a rainy Christmas in Wichita, 1979, icy rain and cold, when small time mob lawyer Cusack decides to skim a little moolah from mean ol'boss Quaid's illegal loot. Luckily his friends want to help him out (outta the goodness of their widdle hearts!) before he gets permanently iced but good in this wee bit of a enjoyable comic noirfest surprisingly directed by Harold Ramis.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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