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On the Ice Reviews

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February 4, 2014
MacLean finds a steady rhythm that nicely captures life in the middle of nowhere. "On the Ice" stays frosty throughout, but it's engrossing if you can adjust to the temperature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 29, 2012
The effect is stunningly effective, submerging us in a snowy, frozen, barren land with few options but plenty of opportunities for trouble. It is an offbeat gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2012
An authentic look at life in remote Alaska (the film was shot with a native cast in MacLean's hometown of Barrow) and at a people grappling with drugs, alcoholism, poverty and the limits of an unforgiving environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2012
Set in a remote Alaskan village, the film's great strength is making the landscape utterly extraordinary to the audience but painfully mundane to its protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2012
If only because of the setting, this is an uncommonly involving thriller. I could call it a film noir, except that the sun never sets in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2012
Stark, unadorned, timeless and yet of the moment. Wear your mittens.
February 17, 2012
Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main character, Qalli, is often as blank as the tundra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2012
While Mr. Irelan and a few of the supporting players have some solid moments (the entire cast consists of nonprofessionals), the general vibe is too stilted to convince.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2012
A sturdy vehicle for unadorned morality and pragmatic justice.
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February 16, 2012
The sympathetic feature debut of a young Inupiat filmmaker, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.
February 16, 2012
If "Ice" never really solidifies, it's nonetheless the work of a filmmaker whose seriousness is worth watching out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2012
The film is as much a portrait of a place as it is a narrative, and cinematographer Lol Crawley shoots the white-on-white polar expanses like they're vistas stretching to the ends of the earth...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 14, 2012
On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling.
February 14, 2012
While MacLean certainly has a keen eye, the rest of his storytelling facilities haven't quite caught up with it yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 14, 2012
DP Lol Crawley's best efforts can't quite overcome the rather awkward performances of the film's mostly nonprofessional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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