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The Convincer (Thin Ice) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 16, 2012
It takes too long for us to get the information we need to interest us in what's going on, there's no wit or suspense and all of the characters are unpleasant.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2012
The icy fatalism of film noir is turned to slush by Thin Ice, a crime saga that reduces its chosen genre to a series of atonal, old-hat clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 6, 2012
The only things differentiating Thin Ice from Fargo? A lack of Midwestern accents and entertainment value.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 12, 2012
[VIDEO] For all there is to admire about co-writer/director Jill Sprecher's suspenseful black comedy (a la Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan)" third act disappointment rains on the parade.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 4, 2012
It builds suspense slowly and surely as things begin to come apart for Kinnear, but it eventually grows tiresome and the twist ending is still a bit hard to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 16, 2012
It would like to remind you of "Fargo" - what with all the snow, the grubbiness and greed, the exaggerated accents and off-kilter rhythms - and it kind of does, but in a dispiriting way.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 17, 2012
In the end, it's a little too much like its own main character. It wants the big results. But it's not willing to put in the hard work to really earn them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 2, 2012
At one point you're looking at the screen going, "This makes no sense!" Then after a long conclusionary explanation, you shake your head and say, "I'm still not sure that made much sense."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 5, 2012
The movie never fully clicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 17, 2012
If only the film were as good as Kinnear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago
February 24, 2012
If Mickey were a little less sneaky, he'd be the perfect protagonist for these hard economic times.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 19, 2012
A climactic twist tries to make the movie that preceded it more interesting in retrospect than it was while it unfolded, but the plot is too implausible -- too unbelievable, really -- to be clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 14, 2012
When a movie is this predicated on aping the Coen brothers (effectively, it should be added, in fits and starts), surprise won't be its strong suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2012
With a handful of blackly humorous jolts and some game performances by a good cast, "Thin Ice" is a watchable, if not terribly original, piece of Midwestern noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 17, 2012
The movie is familiar and generic, a pastiche that often reminds you of other, better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 17, 2012
May surprise with its conclusion, but the only real surprise is how long it took to get there and how glad you are when it's over.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 3, 2012
Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
It's just a little slow getting started.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
An amusingly nerve-wracking trek into the snow and out onto the ice with those funny folks in the land of "you betcha."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 1, 2012
Arkin, as expected, is terrific ... but it's Crudup who steals the show. His brutal annihilation of an ice cream cone on Mickey's dashboard is truly a sight to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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