The Ice Harvest
The Ice Harvest (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Ice Harvest offers a couple of laughs, but considering the people involved, it should be a lot funnier.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Robert Benton and Harold Ramis, put on dunce caps and go stand in the corner.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The Ice Harvest is like Sin City without the bold style and crooked smile, disgorging grisly bloodbaths without drawing artful things out of them.

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Fernando F. Croce

Dead cold

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

... a thriller that's not very thrilling but is as violent as the best of them.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A smug, and awfully dull quasi-noir comedy...

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The comedy in The Ice Harvest comes in shades of dark and darker. That's my kind of humor.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally comes off as an effective adaptation of Scott Phillips' admittedly superior novel...

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Charlie Arglist: As Wichita falls... so falls Wichita Falls. "'Twas the night before Christmas" The Ice Harvest is a good little, dark… More
Sophie Burgess
Terrible and boring.
Kevin M. Williams
Its a rainy Christmas in Wichita, 1979, icy rain and cold, when small time mob lawyer Cusack decides to skim a little moolah from mean ol'boss Quaid's… More
Chris Weber
Critics have already pointed out the debt this film owes to Elmore Leonard and the Coen Brothers, and I completely agree. I think it's earned, too. This… More
Alex roy
I was expecting something pretty good with this film, but I was disappointed. With a great cast of actors and interesting story, I'm surprised that the… More
John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver, Platt, Ned Bellamy, Mike Starr, Connie Nielsen, Jenny Wade, Diane Frances Fisher, Lara Phillips DIRECTED BY: Harold… More