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The Ice Storm Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 28, 2008
A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney.
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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
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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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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lee daringly chooses to keep his story's motivational mysteries unexplained, leaving this richly observed film open to the viewer's assessments. Yet the sense of imbalance is ever-present and strong.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Perceptively detailed in both the directing and acting, The Ice Storm commands strictest attention from start to finish.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
[An] impressive adaptation of the Rick Moody novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B+