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: 47% 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.

Andrew Sarris

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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Chris McCoy
Memphis Flyer

Ramis' existential take on the material is strangely infectious. Life sucks, and all is corruption, he seems to say. We might as well have a laugh about it.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

But these moments are few and far between, the majority of the picture nothing more than a nice idea tied to bits and pieces I've seen far too many times before in far better movies.

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Dan Fienberg

Viewers are likely to leave this movie not having laughed as much as they expected, not having gotten as many thrills as they hoped for and ambivalent to the experience.

Debbie Lynn Elias
Behind The Lens

[Harold] Ramis caters to the story and the actors with a style of old-fashioned directing that makes you feel comfortable watching the movie, even as the sarcasm devilishly spins and spirals into places one wouldn't normally dare to go.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

... the film's difficult genre straddling never quite congeals.

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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.

Fernando F. Croce

Dead cold

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% 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
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