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The Ice Harvest Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 3, 2006
Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 7, 2005
Nielsen's Renata is icy cold in her calculations, and an object lesson in how to play a lethal charmer plausibly without losing any of her erotic appeal. She alone is worth the price of admission.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 29, 2005
The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 28, 2005
The Ice Harvest is like Sin City without the bold style and crooked smile, disgorging grisly bloodbaths without drawing artful things out of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 28, 2005
... a thriller that's not very thrilling but is as violent as the best of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 28, 2005
The Ice Harvest isn't a subversive piece of work; it's not making some grand statement about the dark side of the holiday spirit. But what it is saying in its grimly funny way is that we can't always control the timing of our disasters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 23, 2005
This often macabre comedy ... allows us to doff such civilized traits as taste and decency.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 23, 2005
Funny, tense, and exceedingly well made ...
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 23, 2005
Given that pedigree, it's all the more disappointing that this movie falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 23, 2005
As a feel-bad holiday comedy, The Ice Harvest sometimes recalls Thornton's own Bad Santa, though it's never as outrageously funny, and Thornton doesn't get nearly as much to do.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2005
Ice Harvest, sir, is no Groundhog Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 23, 2005
This is strictly B-movie fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2005
[A]s an antidote to the sugary confections of the season, its hung-over cynicism works wonders.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2005
[A] woefully miscalculated, distressingly unfunny dark comedy in the Grifters mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2005
The film is bitter from start to finish, a one-note fable of greed and loathing shellacked in sleaze.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 23, 2005
Crammed with barflies, strippers and assorted reprobates, The Ice Harvest easily takes the honors as this holiday season's biggest and dirtiest lump of coal.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is a treat for everyone who hates holidays.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 23, 2005
[A] heist movie that mistakes bad taste for laughs.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest aims to be a comedy crime caper that's light as a bubble, but too many crooks spoil the froth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 23, 2005
[G]enerates more nervous smiles than belly laughs ...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is as smooth as a dry martini, and it's an unalloyed pleasure to behold Cusack and Thornton playing off each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 23, 2005
[T]his immensely pleasurable, unrepentantly nasty little number was probably pitched in some Hollywood boardroom as a cross between Bad Santa and Fargo.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is surely the most bracing, opposite-of-gooey holiday picture to appear since Bad Santa ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is indeed a cold movie, and aside from a few nice wise-cracking death scenes, it never really does pick up any heat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 23, 2005
... Ice Harvest does not take itself seriously and at least provides an amusing respite from the forced cheeriness of the season.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 23, 2005
Ice Harvest slides through an unsatisfying limbo, neither funny nor dramatic enough to make much of an impact.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is too tepid to have much taste either way, and it ends up lulling us to apathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2005
The movie, directed by Harold Ramis, finds a balance between the goofy and the gruesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 23, 2005
Bumptiously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2005
Neither funny enough nor black enough, The Ice Harvest is a lazy, haphazard picture that spins its wheels like a Kia on an icy road.
| Original Score: D-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2005
It's entirely possible that Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack phoned in their parts in The Ice Harvest. But in these modern times, they probably e-mailed.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 22, 2005
Harold Ramis' aptly titled The Ice Harvest has the cynicism in spades, but stylistic savoire faire has been replaced by take-no-prisoners boorishness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 22, 2005
Good, dirty fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2005
The film never convinces us that its main characters really belong in this seamy world.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 22, 2005
A treat for grown up audiences with an ear for sardonic dialogue.