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Ice Princess Reviews

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Nick Sylvester
Village Voice
March 22, 2005
The surprisingly twisty plot skates along with zero friction, giving new meaning to 'Disney on Ice.'
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 21, 2005
There are far too many cringe-inducing clichés and gaping plot holes.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 18, 2005
The movie does have a strong sense of the special charisma and beauty of these young demons of grace who ride the thin line between dance and sport with unerring precision.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 18, 2005
Trachtenberg is thoroughly believable, an unspoiled charmer. Her rise from clumsy girl to someone brimming with confidence and the author of one heckuva physics project, she's a pretty cool princess to root for.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 18, 2005
Watching this week's world figure skating championships in Moscow, one wonders why the scriptwriters went to such artificial lengths. There's drama enough in the sport as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
March 18, 2005
A savvier movie (and script) might have been able to mix some grays into its black and white palette.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2005
A cut above most pictures of its type.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Emily Russin
Seattle Times
March 18, 2005
If you want the real deal, stay home and catch the world championships on ESPN this weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2005
It doesn't score high in degree of difficulty. But it is technically flawless, and artistically it sticks the landing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 18, 2005
Take the teen makeover template, add ice, and you've got the latest piece of pandering entertainment from Walt Disney Pictures.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 18, 2005
If you're wondering which way the movie is going, note that it isn't called Quadratic Equation Princess.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2005
Although this is the kind of entertainment designed to send its audience home happy, Ice Princess has its share of stinging moments and has a good deal more edge than one might have expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 18, 2005
Poor, suffering child; if something doesn't change, and fast, she might wind up studying physics at Harvard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 18, 2005
You probably could sit down right now and, were you so inclined, re-create the script to a word, and if you changed a few lines, that would be no great loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 18, 2005
Harvard President Lawrence Summers recently touched off a firestorm by speculating on why more girls don't display an interest in science. He might consider Tim Fywell's Ice Princess Exhibit A.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 18, 2005
Likable but poorly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2005
All the parents in Ice Princess are pushy. Pushy-pushy-pushy. All the teens are squeaky clean. Squeaky-squeaky-squeaky.
| Original Score: C
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2005
Trachtenberg gives a sweetly compelling performance as Casey, as does the wonderfully kooky Cusack as her mother, but their charms can't save this painfully unoriginal movie from coming out of a triple toe loop and landing flat on its bottom.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 18, 2005
Ice Princess proves that it's still possible to teach an old formula a few new tricks.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 18, 2005
The movie paints such a gentle picture of the figure skating world that neither we nor Joan can stay resentful for long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2005
The movie works. I started by clicking off the obligatory scenes, and then somehow the film started to get to me, and I was surprised how entertained I was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 17, 2005
Parents and kids should be heartened to see a G-rated movie that is not dumbed-down or saccharine-sweet.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 17, 2005
This tweener fantasy of athletic glory frantically tries to balance a decent sense of values against a market-savvy awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2005
High school physics never had such a cool payoff.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2005
A film about teens discovering and pursuing their dreams. It's an oldie but a goodie as far as film ideas go.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 17, 2005
This follow-your-bliss charmer treats female achievement with such grace and seriousness, one almost forgives the malice of its portrayal of single mothers as rabid stage moms.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 17, 2005
The movie carries out its generic, almost ritualized narrative with honest sentiment and engaging warmth.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2005
The figure-skating sequences thud instead of zing, as though photographed by a hippo in house slippers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2005
The characters have a depth that is missing in most clichéd sports films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 17, 2005
Might have better served the young girls who will love it, and their pushy parents, if Casey had been a little less perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2005
OK, here's how we're going to do this: I'll describe the central characters in Disney's new ice-skating flick, Ice Princess, and you guess the plot. Multiple choice. Take your time. Be smart. Go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2005
All the other females around Casey know exactly what they want. And each is gently but firmly punished for it, as if such desire were unladylike.
Full Review | Original Score: C-