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The Ice Storm Reviews

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Kristian M. Lin
January 1, 2000
The Ice Storm is a movie that's trapped under the ice, and it'll leave you feeling the same way.
Dragan Antulov
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
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
'Come back with us to those rolicking years of the 1970's and watch two dysfunctional families dysfunction!' I know you want to sign up right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
A little too slow for my own jive.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Over and over again in Austen, [Lee's] framing, his course of action, his editing suited and amplified the essence of the scene. But here everything in his directing, absolutely everything, is banal.
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
I don't know when I've seen actors realize so many affecting moments in such a muddled conception. Lee's aestheticized approach is its own kind of ice storm.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
With The Ice Storm, Lee seems to have emphasized the details of cultural accuracy over the rudiments of telling a gripping drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
[D]espite good performances and fine intentions, ultimately fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's unfortunate that as capable a team as director Lee and screenwriter-producer Schamus should have become fascinated with such unpromising material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Rather than being moved or transfixed, you feel frozen and impartial, almost as disengaged as the characters themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 12, 2013
Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 2, 2006
...a black comedy ... that ultimately acquires Hitchcockian levels of suspense.
| Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Despite its mordant undertones, the film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Ice Storm is perceptive about people, relationships, and human nature, and there's not a single moment in the entire 112 minute running length that rings false.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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Todd McCarthy
July 28, 2008
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
A rich and elegant drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
This is one of those films in which nothing seems to be 'happening,' but in retrospect, when it's over, everything seems to have happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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