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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 16, 2012
A sturdy vehicle for unadorned morality and pragmatic justice.
Top Critic
February 16, 2012
The sympathetic feature debut of a young Inupiat filmmaker, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.
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 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
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 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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