All the other females around Casey know exactly what they want. And each is gently but firmly punished for it, as if such desire were unladylike.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
This tweener fantasy of athletic glory frantically tries to balance a decent sense of values against a market-savvy awareness.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Parents and kids should be heartened to see a G-rated movie that is not dumbed-down or saccharine-sweet.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Trachtenberg is thoroughly believable, an unspoiled charmer. Her rise from clumsy girl to someone brimming with confidence and the author of one heckuva physics project, she's a pretty cool princess to root for.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie does have a strong sense of the special charisma and beauty of these young demons of grace who ride the thin line between dance and sport with unerring precision.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The movie paints such a gentle picture of the figure skating world that neither we nor Joan can stay resentful for long.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The surprisingly twisty plot skates along with zero friction, giving new meaning to 'Disney on Ice.'
Nick Sylvester - Village Voice
Harvard President Lawrence Summers recently touched off a firestorm by speculating on why more girls don't display an interest in science. He might consider Tim Fywell's Ice Princess Exhibit A.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Poor, suffering child; if something doesn't change, and fast, she might wind up studying physics at Harvard.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
A film about teens discovering and pursuing their dreams. It's an oldie but a goodie as far as film ideas go.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
The movie works. I started by clicking off the obligatory scenes, and then somehow the film started to get to me, and I was surprised how entertained I was.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
OK, here's how we're going to do this: I'll describe the central characters in Disney's new ice-skating flick, Ice Princess, and you guess the plot. Multiple choice. Take your time. Be smart. Go.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
The figure-skating sequences thud instead of zing, as though photographed by a hippo in house slippers.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The characters have a depth that is missing in most cliched sports films.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
All the parents in Ice Princess are pushy. Pushy-pushy-pushy. All the teens are squeaky clean. Squeaky-squeaky-squeaky.
Tom Long - Detroit News
High school physics never had such a cool payoff.
Kathy Cano Murillo - Arizona Republic
A savvier movie (and script) might have been able to mix some grays into its black and white palette.
John Anderson - Variety
If you're wondering which way the movie is going, note that it isn't called Quadratic Equation Princess.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It doesn't score high in degree of difficulty. But it is technically flawless, and artistically it sticks the landing.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Watching this week's world figure skating championships in Moscow, one wonders why the scriptwriters went to such artificial lengths. There's drama enough in the sport as it is.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
Trachtenberg gives a sweetly compelling performance as Casey, as does the wonderfully kooky Cusack as her mother, but their charms can't save this painfully unoriginal movie from coming out of a triple toe loop and landing flat on its bottom.
Leah McLaren - Globe and Mail
Ice Princess proves that it's still possible to teach an old formula a few new tricks.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Although this is the kind of entertainment designed to send its audience home happy, Ice Princess has its share of stinging moments and has a good deal more edge than one might have expected.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Sweet, inspiring story tween girls will love.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
This dumb-as-a-stump teen girl coming-of-age movie envisions a high school physics geek (Michelle Trachtenberg) who turns into an ice skating pro as a result of her knowledge of physics.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Trevor Johnston - Time Out New York
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- Time Out
Pure formula, but nevertheless an enjoyable triple klutz.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but neither is it a sustenance-free afternoon at the Ice Capades
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
A historia e a protagonista tem seu charme, mas a direcao esquematica de Fywell e o roteiro repleto de cliches praticamente anulam o potencial do filme.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...things are so routine we can guess every action a cliche in advance.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
..while star Michelle Trachtenberg delivers a sincere, engaging performance, there's not a whole lot here to hold the interest of anyone outside the film's target demographic.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Seems like a lot we have seen before, but it is still a good clean movie of finding your dream? Come and find out as she battles with the best.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
It's formulaic stuff, but the film treats the conflicts seriously and possesses a sweet demeanor.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Though Disney's incessant promotion of Hilary Duff has made casual moviegoers run from teen-girl flicks as fast as they can, Ice Princess may bring a few back.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Little girls may go for this sort of thing. They won't notice the clunky pacing or the drippy dialogue or the limp plot or the stiff, awkward cameos.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
While Ice Princess doesn't exactly deliver any surprises -- you can easily guess how it will end -- the movie doesn't always go where you expect it to, either.
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
Ice Princess, though somewhat cliched, combines the fire of passion for a dream with the frost of unscrupulous reality.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The Ice Princess is exactly the kind of film Disney made its reputation on...
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Mean Girls on Ice
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The movie's qualities are unexpectedly refreshing, making for a nice little entertainment that says something worth saying.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rife with cliches and sentimentality.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Among chick-competition movies, Bring It On still takes the gold; Ice Princess would be lucky to place
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Pity the poor father or the younger brother forced to tag along and watch this mediocre piece of marketing to the Cinderella set
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Aside from the extraordinary implausible nature of the plot, and the infinite string of cliches, Trachtenberg is surprisingly adorable, even though she has absolutely no chemistry with relative newcomer Blumas.
Angel Cohn - Premiere Magazine
There are far too many cringe-inducing cliches and gaping plot holes.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
They went for the triple, but barely landed a double.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The film glides smoothly on the beauty and charm of Michelle Trachtenberg.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
"Ice Princess" won't leave you cold.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
For young girls and their parents - oh, let's be honest: their moms - the fact that you go in pretty much knowing how it's going to end is part of the comfort factor.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
- Boston Phoenix
In short, this is a tale about the joys of disappointing your mother. Something we all can identify with.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Though formulaic, this one has dazzling exhibitions of ice skating with characters who are neither all good nor all bad.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Michelle Trachtenberg is a revelation both on and off the ice.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A mildly entertaining trifle with the lousy premise that a student with high promise as a physicst should forego a Harvard scholarship to become an ice skater. Shame on Disney
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Likable but poorly crafted.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Enjoy Ice Princess for the female-fantasy-comes-true it is, and save the bigger discussion for the car ride home.
Sharon Chapman - Kansas City Star
[There are] a few conflicts ... but none the girl-power fairytale script can't solve with cliches.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
a comedy-drama that will charm young girls and may even amuse their somewhat older chaperones.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Take the teen makeover template, add ice, and you've got the latest piece of pandering entertainment from Walt Disney Pictures.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Stumbles and falls every time the movie isn't on the ice. And come to think of it, it does a good deal of stumbling and falling when it is on the ice.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May not be Olympic gold, but its message scores no matter who's judging.
- E! Online
The Mouse House factory churns out more cute with Ice Princess...you may have to go get our teeth checked for fear of getting cavities from all the syrupy sweetness.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
A cut above most pictures of its type.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Deals with a surprising number of complexities for a G-rated film. Even if doesn't address all of them satisfactorily, the attempt lifts the film's scores for artistic merit.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The film's utterly predictable dialogue and plot developments will leave most viewers cold. Ice-struck preteens are, of course, the exceptions.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Call it an upset or a pleasant surprise, but Ice Princess will leave you far from cold.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
- Baltimore Sun
An agreeable, unexpected charmer. It cannot snap cliche in two, but at least it has the desire to bend formula a little.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Ice Princess is the Million Dollar Baby of figure skating movies. Michelle Trachtenberg makes Hilary Swank look like Hilary Duff.
Fred Topel - About.com
Graceful and teen-empowering, proving dreams can come true
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
...they do what you should as filmmakers, which is to entertain your target audience...sufficient fare for little girls.
John Venable - Supercala.com
The acting is at a higher level than in most teen flicks, thus giving Ice Princess the chance to land a triple Lutz and please its femme fans.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
This is a safe, edgeless cinematic after-school special.
Evan Henerson - Los Angeles Daily News
Jokes are simple, crises soft, payoffs insanely predictable, and physics is left in the dust where theorems count their quarks. But Trachtenberg rules as lovable princess.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
If you want the real deal, stay home and catch the world championships on ESPN this weekend.
Emily Russin - Seattle Times
If you like a big slice of Disney cheese, you'll have fun. If not, stay home.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
You probably could sit down right now and, were you so inclined, re-create the script to a word, and if you changed a few lines, that would be no great loss.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
We get that the heroine is geeky (laying groundwork for the duck-to-swan transformation), but must she babble physics formulas at parties?
Ellen Kim - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The only thing wrong with Ice Princess is that I am not enough of a 14-year-old girl to appreciate it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
- AV Club
Falls on its butt as often as it lands a perfect turn, but its perseverance ultimately pays off with a win not only for the film, but the audience as well.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
...may have a preposterous premise, but it should appeal to the same mother/daughter audience that flocked to the similarly titled "Diaries."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Was the world really crying out for The Mighty Ducks meets The Princess Diaries?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Manages to execute surprisingly well.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wanting to skate doesn't mean Casey can't go to Harvard -- or, God forbid, defer a year or two. But the movie overlooks that, choosing instead to try to wring high drama where none naturally exists.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Might have better served the young girls who will love it, and their pushy parents, if Casey had been a little less perfect.
Melinda Ennis - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
If you need someone to take on the horror film juggernaut of The Ring Two, it might as well be Buffy Jr. Ice Princess is a pleasant diversion
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Ice Princess is carried by the subtle and shining performance of Michelle Trachtenberg.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Ice Princess sticks closely to the mold of other sports flicks, but there is a tenderness and refreshing lack of compromise assembled from its spare parts.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
If Casey is such a physics whiz, why couldn't she have whipped up a formula for a better movie?
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
The movie carries out its generic, almost ritualized narrative with honest sentiment and engaging warmth.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
This follow-your-bliss charmer treats female achievement with such grace and seriousness, one almost forgives the malice of its portrayal of single mothers as rabid stage moms.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Ice Princess is pretty decent as a schlocky tween empowerment movie...
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Trite but nice, this enjoyable comedy-drama has good-spirited warmth toward almost all its characters.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Personally, I hope the press notes for Ice Princess will be the only ones this year to include the phrase "hunky zamboni driver," but you just never know.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Pre-teen girls may very well enjoy 'Ice Princess,' but as I don't belong to that particular demographic, it pretty much left me cold.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The delight of Ice Princess is that there's more to every character than meets the eye.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
the nicest surprise is that after a spate of "mean girl" movies, this one gives us a character who competes with Casey but is honest, loyal, and supportive.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Its required elements merit only a 4.8, but it gets solid 5s for presentation.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Even for an ugly-duckling-makes-good fairy tale, Ice Princess seems to stretch believability a tad too far.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It's not the most original of concepts I know, but Trachtenberg is so likable in the lead role, that you can't help but root for her.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs