On the Ice Reviews

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.
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.
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.
February 17, 2012
Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main character, Qalli, is often as blank as the tundra.
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.
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
If "Ice" never really solidifies, it's nonetheless the work of a filmmaker whose seriousness is worth watching out for.
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...
February 14, 2012
On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling.