The Ice Storm - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ice Storm Reviews

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February 26, 2018
The Ice Storm captures this place, this season, this garish and confused moment in history, with surgical precision...It's Lee's sympathetic detachment that gives the movie its paradoxical power.
October 6, 2017
Among its many virtues, 'The Ice Storm' keenly captures the sheer, visceral terror of puberty-of grappling with these urges, trying to do what you think you're supposed to, and lashing out when you can't.
February 27, 2014
I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one.
February 27, 2014
What struck me about it was the fluidity and discipline of Lee's direction, the performances which captured so beautifully the confusion of that period of cultural and sexual evolution, and the compassion which I think is a feature of all of Lee's films.
June 12, 2013
Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 15, 2009
Beautifully nuanced, passionately performed, and terrifically realized piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2008
Beautifully acted, refreshingly un-camp in its take on wide lapels and progressive rock and occasionally coolly moving. It's just that ultimately, there's less here than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Arguably Lee's first truly essential film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 2008
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
March 24, 2008
As in any joke, destiny is a major character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2007
A rich and elegant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 25, 2006
What impressively begins as a gentle social satire gradually becomes a conventional family melodrama, one that lacks a clear moral center and in which the parents are just as confused as their children
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2006
A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...
June 2, 2006
...a black comedy ... that ultimately acquires Hitchcockian levels of suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
April 9, 2005
Ang Lee is a terrific filmmaker, but his usually upbeat directing style is stilted by the angst It's a well crafted, but, ultimately, negative-feeling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 15, 2005
It's concerned with the differences between the culture we profess and the lifestyles we actually indulge. Even more, it's about the consequences of betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 28, 2004
A quarter of a century ago, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver dealt with the same issues more successfully.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
May 14, 2003
This is a cold and calculating film that will temporarily dampen those fond memories of everything we cherish from two decades back.
| Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2002
Sketched with subtlety and refined detail worthy of Ingmar Bergman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2002
Damn, is this film great!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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