“A Solid Noir Tale With Heavy Comic Touches”
Enjoyably fuses cleverness and sheer desperation.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It would like to remind you of "Fargo" - what with all the snow, the grubbiness and greed, the exaggerated accents and off-kilter rhythms - and it kind of does, but in a dispiriting way.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's just a little slow getting started.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The movie never fully clicks.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A surprisingly entertaining and nonderivative February time-passer, its wretched mid-winter Wisconsin setting notwithstanding.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
With a wink, a nudge and a heaping portion of Midwestern charm, "Thin Ice" reels us in.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It is Mr. Kinnear's slippery charm that keeps "Thin Ice" from sinking into the frosty Wisconsin slush toward which it seems to be heading from the start.
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
There's nothing like the macabre to bring intrigue to an ordinary life, and nothing like the logistics of body disposal to challenge an insurance salesman.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Thin Ice is deeper than it first appears.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
This is an icy cocktail of greed, betrayal and murder to be savored.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
At one point you're looking at the screen going, "This makes no sense!" Then after a long conclusionary explanation, you shake your head and say, "I'm still not sure that made much sense."
Tom Long - Detroit News
Some may think of it as jayvee Coen brothers or Hitchcock -- the influences are obvious -- but Sprecher brings her own style to the movie.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Kinnear and director Jill Sprecher make you feel Mickey's squirming desperation, even if the ending feels like a cop-out.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
There is some sinister fun to be had in watching Kinnear skating toward disaster on ice that is very thin indeed.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Thin Ice's troubled production history - the film was famously taken away from director Jill Sprecher and re-edited following its Sundance premiere - can't quite dampen what is, for the most part, an entertaining little comedy/thriller...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The characters are endearingly flawed, the set-up is mischievously appealing and the story is endlessly surprising. The humour is black, the resolution audacious.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
In the vein of Fargo and A Simple Plan, Thin Ice is a delicious black crime comedy that melts before our eyes
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It builds suspense slowly and surely as things begin to come apart for Kinnear, but it eventually grows tiresome and the twist ending is still a bit hard to swallow.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
...the film that has made its way into theaters is no disgrace to any of the names in the credits. Still, it would be very interesting to see the movie that the Sprechers intended to make.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The movie's gently snowbound Midwestern setting blunts some of the story's harsher edges, and the characters mostly feel real.
Chris Foran - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... the ride is pretty giddy ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Cracks show in Thin Ice
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The only things differentiating Thin Ice from Fargo? A lack of Midwestern accents and entertainment value.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen seem to have gone through a card file of used ideas to cobble together this black comedy.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
An amusingly nerve-wracking trek into the snow and out onto the ice with those funny folks in the land of "you betcha."
It's convoluted and clever, and on that score it works quite nicely. But if you're looking for something substantial beyond this, you're looking for a different movie.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A climactic twist tries to make the movie that preceded it more interesting in retrospect than it was while it unfolded, but the plot is too implausible -- too unbelievable, really -- to be clever.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Thin Ice is choppy, its tone jumps, it has an unnecessary voice-over, and one wonders about the easy, sappy ending. One also wonders what the original movie was like before it fell through the thin ice of manipulation.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
...has the requisite twists and turns of a good whodunit and entertains right to the end.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Writer sisters Karen and Jill (who also directs) Sprecher look to the "Fargo" playbook for their twisty modern noir, and while much of it feels awfully familiar, a great cast and third act twist raise it above similar wannabes...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Arkin, as expected, is terrific ... but it's Crudup who steals the show. His brutal annihilation of an ice cream cone on Mickey's dashboard is truly a sight to behold.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
If Mickey were a little less sneaky, he'd be the perfect protagonist for these hard economic times.
Matt Singer - Time Out Chicago
Ingenious, cleverly plotted engima.
The strong ensemble makes the relatively weak script easier to take as the film skates over some treacherous rough patches but never falls through.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A winning, if rather drolly underplayed, black comedy that tosses its protagonist into a pit of moral quicksand, and then chronicles his flailing attempts to extricate himself.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
Call me a sucker, but Thin Ice played me like a violin.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A brisk, entertaining feature with an unforgivable ending, making the viewing experience primarily about treasuring the filmmaking elements that do come together satisfactorily.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Terrific performances by Kinnear, Crudup, and Arkin highlight this terrific black comedy.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Director Jill Sprecher and her co-writer sister Karen have surprisingly created a very convincing macho world of men, with all their varied quirks and obsessions, that is a product of some keen and efficacious observation.
David Noh - Film Journal International
If only the film were as good as Kinnear.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
May surprise with its conclusion, but the only real surprise is how long it took to get there and how glad you are when it's over.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The movie is familiar and generic, a pastiche that often reminds you of other, better films.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
In the end, it's a little too much like its own main character. It wants the big results. But it's not willing to put in the hard work to really earn them.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
With a handful of blackly humorous jolts and some game performances by a good cast, "Thin Ice" is a watchable, if not terribly original, piece of Midwestern noir.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
An amusingly twisty trifle bolstered by a first-rate cast.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Director Jill Sprecher and sister/writer Karen Sprecher have applied several layers of plot to their chilly thriller, and it's a kick to watch it play out.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A dark, twisty crime thriller that recalls the Coen brothers' snowbound Fargo and John Dahl's switcheroo classic The Last Seduction.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Jill Sprecher's "Thin Ice" is a small, likable movie about a small, not particularly likable man.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It takes too long for us to get the information we need to interest us in what's going on, there's no wit or suspense and all of the characters are unpleasant.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Sprecher sisters stay on message with another thought-provoking morality play about ethics in times when dishonesty reigns.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It charts how a man who spends his life playing the angles can miss the hard brick wall he's about to smash into.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Director Jill Sprecher keeps things moving at a fast and funny pace, with the narrative's sleazy underpinnings well disguised by the Upper Midwestern niceties.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
While Kinnear is a good choice for this particular film's leading man, it is Crudup that really steals the show.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
When a movie is this predicated on aping the Coen brothers (effectively, it should be added, in fits and starts), surprise won't be its strong suit.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
A daffy when not devilish dissection of the human rat race. And a bible belt trickster noir that gets it just right when wildly conning the audience too, with a character-driven abundance of shrewdly crafted storytelling.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
[VIDEO] For all there is to admire about co-writer/director Jill Sprecher's suspenseful black comedy (a la Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan)" third act disappointment rains on the parade.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A solid noir tale with heavy comic touches
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The icy fatalism of film noir is turned to slush by Thin Ice, a crime saga that reduces its chosen genre to a series of atonal, old-hat cliches.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine