The Ice Storm
The Ice Storm (1997)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 26, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 13, 1998
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Ang Lee revisits the ennui-laden decadence of 1970s suburban America with deft humor and gripping pathos.

Todd McCarthy

A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze...

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney.

Jason Bailey

Among its many virtues, 'The Ice Storm' keenly captures the sheer, visceral terror of puberty-of grappling with these urges, trying to do what you think you're supposed to, and lashing out when you can't.

Full review…
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and melodrama...

Full review…
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's unfortunate that as capable a team as director Lee and screenwriter-producer Schamus should have become fascinated with such unpromising material.

Full review…
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A remarkable film that takes us straight into John Updike territory, duplicating on screen exactly what the writer achieves on the page.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Despite its mordant undertones, the film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances.

Full review…
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

More reviews for The Ice Storm

Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
It was hard to feel anything about any of the characters in this story. They were all encased in, well, in ice and maybe that's the point. But I wanted… More
Randy Tippy
Powerful and, at times, daunting. With the possible exception of Janey Carver (Sigourney Weaver), all of the characters have depth and purpose. I still think… More
Kevin M. Williams
Ang Lee's subtle and sedate look at two families in 1973 Connecticut suburbia has a lot of lives of quiet desperation, longing, yearning ... for what?… More
Dan Schultz
A near-masterpiece of a film concerning a few families in middle-class 1973 Connecticut whose lives intersect during Thanksgiving Weekend when an ice storm… More
Jennifer Xu
Though I really dig the whole postapocalyptic end-of-the-world, freak of nature weather stuff, it was just too sapped of genuine emotion for me to care about… More
Drew Smith
Acutely observed but dispassionate, it's taken me a long time to formulate what to write about The Ice Storm because I didn't have any particularly… More