The Ice Harvest
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In icebound Wichita, Kan., its Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The Ice Harvest is like Sin City without the bold style and crooked smile, disgorging grisly bloodbaths without drawing artful things out of them."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Dead cold"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A great cast, a script by Oscar-winning veteran Robert Benton, with Richard Russo, and direction by Harold Ramis still don't add up to much more than a shrug."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Both unfunny and rather gruesome"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Nielsen's Renata is icy cold in her calculations, and an object lesson in how to play a lethal charmer plausibly without losing any of her erotic appeal. She alone is worth the price of admission."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"... a thriller that's not very thrilling but is as violent as the best of them."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"...generally comes off as an effective adaptation of Scott Phillips' admittedly superior novel..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"90% cynicism / 10% hope, and it's jammed full of funny performances, dark divergences, and a low-key air of existential angst that you simply don't see in many multiplex movies. I love this one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"Memo to John Cusack: There's a thin line between humorous unflappability in the face of strange events, and sleepwalking."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Ice Harvest isn't a subversive piece of work; it's not making some grand statement about the dark side of the holiday spirit. But what it is saying in its grimly funny way is that we can't always control the timing of our disasters."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"When a lot of you tell me you want intelligent movies made by adults for adults, you're asking for movies like this one."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"There's an enjoyably pulpy vibe to The Ice Harvest, aided considerably by the performance of a flame-haired, throaty-voiced Connie Nielsen who vamps it up like a 1940s femme fatale."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A total (bomb), the wrong project for almost everyone involved."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Eclipse Magazine
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