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The Iceman Reviews

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Sean Burns
Metro
May 5, 2015
A low-rent movie with an expensive cast.
Sam Fragoso
Movie Mezzanine
February 1, 2014
Lack of originality and insipid screenwriting may soon be read as the autopsy of this actively tiresome genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 2, 2013
It's as though they were in a rush to get so much killing in that they forgot all of the important elements that would make us care. As a consequence, a fascinating story and character have been flattened and turned into a hurried mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 28, 2013
'Big bad' with a side dish of bats--t crazy is the specialty of Michael Shannon, and so scarily good he is in mining this wheelhouse that one does not dare to complain about him repeating himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
Movies.com
July 12, 2013
An exploitation film trapped in the stifling body of a respectable crime drama.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 24, 2013
The Iceman rests on the power of one hell of a performance from Shannon, with this monster of an actor playing a monster of a man with frightening intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013
The killings quickly begin to bleed into one another and it's sometimes hard to sort out the identities and roles of everyone involved.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Ariel Vromen doesn't do so much in terms of the story (which spans 20 years, with corresponding hair fluctuations), but he seems to know his violence, and he's a true artiste when it comes to the queasy polyester ambience that holds this thing together.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
The film is able to capture its period setting, but the script is a collection of generic Mafia dialogue and cliched violent shootouts.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
The Iceman is dark and gritty but there's not enough excitement or tension to really pull you in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 11, 2013
Shannon's mesmerising performance has a Frankenstein edge to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2013
Mistaking leaden atmosphere for gravitas, Vromen turns what could have been a vibrant period drama (it runs from the 1950s through to Kuklinski's arrest in 1986) into a sludgy ordeal ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2013
A truly mesmerising turn by Shannon that allows him to cultivate all his ugly thoughts into one brooding menace ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 8, 2013
As a chronicle of one of America's most infamous criminals, it's a chilling one. Much of that credit must go to Shannon however, who delivers inspired work sometimes in spite of the mostly conventional feature around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 7, 2013
Much more involving than the usual hitman thriller, this film takes a deliberately personal approach to its characters that makes it unusually involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
June 7, 2013
Both compelling character study and well crafted mob thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 7, 2013
What makes it at all special is Shannon, who's terrific playing the human being behind the murderer, a man so psychopathic that he doesn't realise he's actually a monster posing as a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cheryl Mullin
Birmingham Post
June 7, 2013
The Iceman is a welcome adult thriller and its neat period touches will help to transfix many from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
June 6, 2013
Unfortunately, the movie runs out of things to say about its monosyllabic hero within a half-hour, after which the killings become repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 6, 2013
The Iceman is like a gangster's cold locker: all the nutritive items have been taken out to make room for the dead bodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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