91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In a season of bulging Movies Earmarked for Importance, it is almost startling to come across something as unhyped - and perfectly swell - as The Ice Harvest.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Ice Harvest doesn't have much heft or resonance. But as an antidote to the sugary confections of the season, its hung-over cynicism works wonders.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Thornton is in great form as the sardonic Vic, whose disposal of an apparently dead body in a trunk is a hilarious set piece.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
How about something a little nasty for the holidays?
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I liked the movie for the quirky way it pursues humor through the drifts of greed, lust, booze, betrayal and spectacularly complicated ways to die. I liked it for Charlie's (Cusack) essential kindness, as when he pauses during a getaway to help a friend who has run out of gas.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
"Bad Santa" it's not. Bumptiously entertaining it is.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

A little more "Grifters" would have gone far here. Not toward making the film palatable for the mainstream, perhaps, but at least toward selling its neo-noir story to an audience already inclined toward such seedy material.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The nasty, violent material has two small beacons of hope - Nielsen as a fair-weather stripper in the manner of old film-noir dames, and Quaid as a scurvy ­mobster who hates being cheated. With his puffy, reddened face, Quaid looks like a bad Santa.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Ice Harvest's plot sounds like an antidote to the season's holiday sweetness. And it's being touted as this year's Bad Santa. But the only similarities are the holiday season, the criminal milieu and Thornton.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

What a waste.
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62 out of 100
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