The Ice Storm
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Set on Thanksgiving weekend of 1973, The Ice Storm looks into the lives of a wealthy Connecticut family who are calm and civil on the outside, but whose lives are quietly falling into chaos. Sixteen-year-old Paul Hood (Tobey Maguire) is home for the holidays from prep school; he'd just as soon have stayed at school, given the usual level of tension around the house and his desire to win the affections of Libbets Casey (Katie Holmes), a girl living in Manhattan. His 14-year-old sister, Wendy (Christina Ricci), is already a hardened cynic obsessed with the ongoing Watergate investigation,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze..."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Beautifully nuanced, passionately performed, and terrifically realized piece of work."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"As in any joke, destiny is a major character."
‑ Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Slant Magazine
"A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's unfortunate that as capable a team as director Lee and screenwriter-producer Schamus should have become fascinated with such unpromising material."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"What struck me about it was the fluidity and discipline of Lee's direction, the performances which captured so beautifully the confusion of that period of cultural and sexual evolution, and the compassion which I think is a feature of all of Lee's films."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Beautifully acted, refreshingly un-camp in its take on wide lapels and progressive rock and occasionally coolly moving. It's just that ultimately, there's less here than meets the eye."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rich and elegant drama."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Despite its mordant undertones, the film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Drug use and sexual content in Ang Lee masterpiece."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Arguably Lee's first truly essential film."
‑ , Film4
"What impressively begins as a gentle social satire gradually becomes a conventional family melodrama, one that lacks a clear moral center and in which the parents are just as confused as their children"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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