100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This remarkable analysis of a decade when American society lost its moral compass is both brutally honest and lyrically compassionate.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Provocative, entertaining, and impeccably crafted.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What we sense after the film is that the natural sources of pleasure have been replaced with higher-octane substitutes, which have burnt out the ability to feel joy.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Kevin Kline is sweetly befuddled as a good man caught between worlds, and Sigourney Weaver, as a hard, sexy adulteress, makes her wit sting.
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
The dazzling ensemble perfectly captures every nuance in one of the finest acting showcases you could hope for.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Never becomes the thoroughly satisfying psychological drama that it promises to be. There's also a problem with the central metaphor of ice -- a literary device that turns repetitive and obvious.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This time, he (Ang Lee) has Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver trudging through ice both emotional and literal -- an omnipresent metaphor but not one unduly sledgehammered. [26 September 1997, pg. 1 D}
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Leaves the audience on such a devastatingly dramatic ledge.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Directed by Ang Lee, whose exposure of middle-class hypocrisy would be more effective if it weren't rigged to provide evidence for the story's take on contemporary values.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.