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Iceman, The

Iceman, The

Crime, Drama, Thriller

The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.

The critical consensus

As ultra-efficient as its sociopathic subject, The Iceman knows exactly when to pull the trigger.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 17/05/2013

Dramatically, Vromen may prefer to maintain a marked contrast between workaday killer and devoted family man, but there’s already too much mythological neatness in thuggish wiseguy movies.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 02/06/2013

This solemn, blood-soaked thriller lacks the dynamism of its star, but is an impressive showcase for him nonetheless: it’s as hard to look away from Shannon’s performance as it is to look directly at it.

***(*)(*)Guy Lodge, Empire Online, 03/06/2013

Witten and directed by Ariel Vromen, the picture is both compelling character study and well crafted mob thriller as Kuklinski’s ambitions eventually put him at cross purposes with his former boss Roy Demeo (an excellent Ray Liotta).

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 06/06/2013

The Iceman is a case study in schizoid behaviour – Kuklinski is either being a top family guy or else murdering people – and a great movie for bad moustaches.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 06/06/2013

Kuklinski is just a nasty, creepy, violent piece of work. End of story. The period is nicely conjured up.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/06/2013

A pity, then, that nothing else in Ariel Vromen’s movie is remotely on Shannon’s level, from the plodding, Scorsese-clone script to the needlessly lifeless editing and cinematography.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 06/06/2013

As fascinating a leading man as Michael Shannon is, this biopic of cold-hearted mob hitman Richard Kuklinski really isn’t very good.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/06/2013

Michael Shannon delivers a typically mesmerising performance, but the film itself isn’t up to the same high standard.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 07/06/2013

Doesn't really melt the heart.

**(*)(*)(*)Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail, 07/06/2013

Haircuts aside, all we really learn is that The Iceman was not a nice man.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 08/06/2013

The killings are well staged, if somewhat repetitive, and the movie is performed by familiar Hollywood underworld figures.

Philip French, The Observer, 09/06/2013

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Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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