• kpitman

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by kpitman 22 Apr, 2014

    Don't expect lots of smiling in this. Not at the beginning. Not in the middle. Not at the end. It's a deep look at the 1970's suburban family that hooks us with interesting, well-acted characters who all are slipping into sinful and morally questionable territory. The film looks like the 70's, it feels like the 70's, and the moral dilemmas are no different then than they are today. Lust, jealousy, greed, loneliness, curiosity, and a sense of history repeating, all…

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  • mlcgs34

    ★★★★½ Watched by mlcgs34 14 Apr, 2014

    I am a big Ang Lee fan and have been wanting to watch this film for a while. I was finally able to watch it and it did not disappoint at all. First, I have to say it is a beautiful looking movie. Just the shots of the icicles hanging from the trees or from a train is incredible and really adds to the film. It is also a great look at the 70's and how people and family dynamics…

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  • Nick

    ★★★ Added by Nick

    The Ice Storm is an incredibly well made film with really bad characters. For me there wasn't a single character that I really cared about. It's not that I didn't like them because of their flaws, I just didn't think that the characters were given enough room to grow. The characters just seemed static and hopelessly lost and broken.

    All of this being said, there are a lot of really great things about this film. The direction from Ang Lee…

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  • Greg Cwik

    ★★★★ Added by Greg Cwik

    The acting and writing are first-rate, but Ang Lee's film feels like the underachieving little brother in the depressing suburban purgatory quartet of ORDINARY PEOPLE, AMERICAN BEAUTY, and REVOLUTIONARY ROAD.

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  • PabloC89

    Watched by PabloC89 21 Mar, 2014

    Probably the film that "American Beauty" wanted to be. It's satirical and sad without being contemptuous of its characters. Impeccably acted by all, but I was particularly impressed by Joan Allen and young Christina Ricci.

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  • Dan Schindel

    ★★★★ Watched by Dan Schindel 29 Mar, 2014

    Plays almost like a template for every white people problems movie to come out in the 00's, which might sound like a slam, but it isn't. Something of a latter-day Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, but with a lot less comedy, or at least a different kind of comedy. Both turn "free love" in on itself, and dissect the characters' search for carnal pleasure as a search to fill the voids in their lives. Emptiness of American work and values, so…

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  • Daniel Byndas

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Byndas 25 Mar, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • mattmav45

    ★★½ Watched by mattmav45 28 Mar, 2014

    This is one of those films that was hard to coordinate my thoughts on. There were moments in the film that struck me as a stroke of genuis, and yet I wasn't really that enamoured with it as a whole. Thankfully, a night of sleep has allowed me to organize and streamline my thoughts a bit more.

    This is by no means a bad film, but in the end I felt a strong disconnect while watching the drama unfold on…

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  • SriK

    ★★ Watched by SriK 21 Mar, 2014

    Some cool atmosphere, but mostly just really boring and meandering. All of the characters are pretty bland and one-dimensional, and Tobey Maguire's character and the other weird kid come off as really pretentious too. Here's an actual quote: "When you smell a smell it's not really a smell, it's a part of the object that has come off of it, molecules. So when you smell something bad, it's like in a way you're eating it. This is why you should…

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  • Judah Finnigan

    ★★★★ Watched by Judah Finnigan 20 Mar, 2014

    a moodily atmospheric, mordantly funny dissection of broken america that sam mendes and alan ball would only make moodier and funnier a couple years later. lee's outsider status brings a distinct vantage point though, as does the chosen era; he sees not only the dislocation and contrary desire underscoring every idyllic american value, but also the way they seem to corner truthful human response.

    given the influence of the sixties' sexual liberation on both the film's adults and children, their…

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  • Robert Fuller

    ★★½ Rewatched by Robert Fuller 19 Mar, 2014

    This movie felt vaguely glib and insincere at the time; now it seems positively puerile. Not just because of the Fantastic Four metaphors ("families are like anti-matter, and you get deeper into the void the closer you get, which is a paradox" -- frankly, I have no idea what the hell he's talking about), or even the ice metaphors (one close-up of ice cubes is questionable; three is comedy); the characters themselves behave like walking metaphors rather than human beings…

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  • Erik_Schick

    ★★★ Watched by Erik_Schick 18 Mar, 2014

    Hot Take: A postmodern domestic drama about Nixon era amorality and melancholy.

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