Above: The Iceman – Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) reflecting on the reviews ©2013 Millennium Entertainment
The Iceman gets some mixed reviews. Some clearly like the film and praise the star Michael Shannon (who we interviewed early this week) whilst other don’t even think Michael was that good!
New York Times The Iceman review
If the narrow biographical focus of “The Iceman” prevents it from being a great crime movie, on its own more modest terms it is an indelible film that clinches Mr Shannon’s status as a major screen actor.
[Rating: 3 star] From our reading of the review
US Today The Iceman review
Director Ariel Vromen interweaves flashbacks of Kuklinski’s father beating him mercilessly, implying that the origins of his savagery likely began in childhood. Vroman deftly cuts back and forth between Kuklinski’s vicious kills and suburban family life. He impressively captures the era, with minor film noir elements—from the mid-’60s to the mid-’80s.
[Rating: 4 star] From our reading of the review
The Los Angeles Times The Iceman review
Ironically, the filmmakers do better at fleshing out some of the smaller characters. David Schwimmer is excellent, and unrecognizable, as Josh Rosenthal. He’s a dim bulb in Demeo’s organization and the one guy who keeps messing up and getting away with it. Schwimmer dumbs it down just right.
[Rating: 2 star] From our reading of the review
Entertainment Weekly The Iceman review
This is barely enough to hang a movie on, so director Ariel Vromen tries to distract us with a cavalcade of stars like Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, and Stephen Dorff, all decked out in bad ’70s wigs and porn-set mustaches.
[Rating: 3.5 star]
Our overall view based on these reviews is: [Rating: 3 star].