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The Ice Storm Reviews

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 27, 2014
I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 12, 2013
Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
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
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Todd McCarthy
July 28, 2008
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2008
As in any joke, destiny is a major character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
A rich and elegant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 2, 2006
...a black comedy ... that ultimately acquires Hitchcockian levels of suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
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
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Sketched with subtlety and refined detail worthy of Ingmar Bergman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Damn, is this film great!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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