The Ice Storm Reviews

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October 25, 2019
The key to The Ice Storm's ambiguity and unexpected depth is that the events of the story mean wholly different things to different characters -- there's no moral, just life sliced like a loaf of bread.
October 11, 2019
Elegantly directed by Sense and Sensibility's Ang Lee, it frames the moral vacuity of the Seventies with cool, contemporary hindsight.
March 28, 2019
Nothing less than one of the year's best pictures, a portrait of wealthy Connecticut suburbanites in the 1970s whose lives have no emotional or spiritual rudder.
February 27, 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 7, 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.
September 7, 2011
February 15, 2009
Beautifully nuanced, passionately performed, and terrifically realized piece of work.
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.
November 21, 2008
Arguably Lee's first truly essential film.
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.
September 24, 2007
A rich and elegant drama.
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
June 24, 2006
A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...
June 2, 2006
...a black comedy ... that ultimately acquires Hitchcockian levels of suspense.
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.
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.
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