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The Iceman Reviews

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
May 3, 2013
It's never a painful watch, more of a faintly dull, seen-it-all-before one. If nothing else, it's evidence that these days, being based on a true story isn't enough to elevate a film in a well-worn genre ahead of the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2013
Michael Shannon has no interior to play with, since the film seems intent on ridding Richie of any emotion other than love for his family, and also no catharsis to build toward.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Beck
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
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire
September 18, 2012
Lack of originality and insipid screenwriting will soon read as the autopsy of this actively tiresome genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This biopic sounds like a perfect vehicle for Shannon, who's come to specialize in playing psychopaths, but it doesn't give him much to work with.
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
May 16, 2013
A movie that doesn't work as well as you might think it should.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
June 5, 2013
In the end, The Iceman seems like a missed opportunity, as Shannon's authority as the lead is undeniably tantalising.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
June 6, 2013
Suspect barnets aside, there's not a lot to take away from this by-the-numbers genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2013
"The Iceman's" problem rests instead with the script, which the director wrote with Morgan Land, his collaborator on the "Rx" screenplay. It never gets underneath Kuklinski's skin in a way that illuminates the psychosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
May 2, 2013
Vromen's period detail-slathered film (read: much unfortunate facial hair) exhausts itself trying to jam in as many cliches as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Laremy Legel
September 12, 2012
A nagging question looms over the entire endeavor: Do you care?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2013
An exploitation film trapped in the stifling body of a respectable crime drama.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2013
With his chiseled-from-granite brow and harrowing, coiled-spring intensity, Michael Shannon is one of those actors who can make just about any movie interesting. And he has his work cut out for him in The Iceman ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Brian Tallerico
May 16, 2013
A misguided, clichéd hitman flick that careens tonally and doesn't really justify its existence. It doesn't work as thriller or as drama, serving as little more than a performance piece for its talented star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 4, 2013
Even the always-watchable Shannon can't give much life to Kuklinski's two-dimensional presence: he's little more than a series of murders and pained looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
May 3, 2013
The script is so straight-ahead, and Shannon's performance is so forceful, that The Iceman doesn't offer any real insight into this monster, but if you just want to glimpse a character capable of genuine evil, it's effectively chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 14, 2013
Sordid story glorifying an intensely ferocious, unrepentant, despicable man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 2, 2013
A sketchy, flatly directed biopic based on one of the most compelling true crime stories out of New Jersey ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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