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The Ice Harvest Reviews

January 3, 2006
Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.
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.
November 29, 2005
The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor.
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
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
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-
November 23, 2005
This often macabre comedy ... allows us to doff such civilized traits as taste and decency.
November 23, 2005
Funny, tense, and exceedingly well made ...
November 23, 2005
Given that pedigree, it's all the more disappointing that this movie falls flat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 23, 2005
Ice Harvest, sir, is no Groundhog Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 23, 2005
This is strictly B-movie fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 23, 2005
[A]s an antidote to the sugary confections of the season, its hung-over cynicism works wonders.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2005
[A] woefully miscalculated, distressingly unfunny dark comedy in the Grifters mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 23, 2005
The film is bitter from start to finish, a one-note fable of greed and loathing shellacked in sleaze.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 23, 2005
The Ice Harvest is a treat for everyone who hates holidays.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2005
[A] heist movie that mistakes bad taste for laughs.
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
November 23, 2005
[G]enerates more nervous smiles than belly laughs ...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
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-
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
November 23, 2005
... Ice Harvest does not take itself seriously and at least provides an amusing respite from the forced cheeriness of the season.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2005
Ice Harvest slides through an unsatisfying limbo, neither funny nor dramatic enough to make much of an impact.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
November 23, 2005
The movie, directed by Harold Ramis, finds a balance between the goofy and the gruesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2005
Bumptiously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: D-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2005
Good, dirty fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 3, 2005
The film never convinces us that its main characters really belong in this seamy world.
September 22, 2005
A treat for grown up audiences with an ear for sardonic dialogue.