The Ice Storm Synopsis
Suburbanites (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen) founder in failing marriages.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Ice Storm review

By jodyandcobee
my life flashed before me, I totally related...

Filmmaking which speaks to the soul

By avckc
The characters in this movie are isolated and lonely, and seemingly detached from all emotion. Seems boring, but set within the sad beauty of an ice storm, this movie speaks very movingly. The...

THE ICE STORM

By lugubriousthespian
Ang Lee's suburban drama THE ICE STORM is a searingly provocative indictment of a culture on a downward spiral. Set in the late 70s, Lee's story centers on two sets of families whose parental figures...

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Rated R
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece.
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