On the Ice Synopsis
Two teens cause a tragic accident with another boy and weave a web of lies.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It is an offbeat gem.
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80

Village Voice

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On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling. The flat, snowy landscape strips away all but the essentials from its tale.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is an uncommonly involving thriller. I could call it a film noir, except that the sun never sets in the film. That makes a perfect...
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NPR

By Ella Taylor
In most respects, On the Ice is the kind of straight-ahead, underprivileged-teen drama beloved of Sundance audiences.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Writer-director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, who in his feature debut has lashed together a sturdy vehicle for unadorned morality and pragmatic...
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Slant Magazine

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The moral dilemmas in On the Ice ultimately fail to resonate, Qalli's concluding plea for his flawed humanity coming off as strangely...
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50

New York Post

Barrow's frozen vistas are a perfect match for the noir tone of On the Ice. Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Glinting white vistas and endless light blanket On the Ice, a frigid drama that's tough to warm up to.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If "Ice" never really solidifies, it's nonetheless the work of a filmmaker whose seriousness is worth watching out for.
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
More than a moral dilemma is needed to make up for the uneven performances, slack pacing and wonky dialogue, and while MacLean certainly...
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On the Ice review

By snaky77
Watch it!...

On the Ice - A great story showing modern native culture

By gransbert
It's rare to see a film that discusses culture that also has a brilliant story. I found myself captivated by the story's portrayal of a modern Alaskan village. The story was well-formed and included...

Go see it!

By aelynch76
loved it!...

On the Ice review

By cynthiabolivar
This movie was as great as Fargo. Some really great performances....

On the Ice review

By Tenayala
On the Ice is a must-see, a startling and pictaresque piece of native alaskan cinema, complete with the humor and complexities of everyday life in one of the state's most isolated communities....