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  • 60
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    Writer-director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, who in his feature debut has lashed together a sturdy vehicle for unadorned morality and pragmatic justice. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    If "Ice" never really solidifies, it's nonetheless the work of a filmmaker whose seriousness is worth watching out for. show more

  • 65
    Ella Taylor NPR

    In most respects, On the Ice is the kind of straight-ahead, underprivileged-teen drama beloved of Sundance audiences. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is an uncommonly involving thriller. I could call it a film noir, except that the sun never sets in the film. That makes a perfect contrast with the only other feature filmed in Barrow, the vampire movie "30 Days of Night" (2007), in which it never rises. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Barrow's frozen vistas are a perfect match for the noir tone of On the Ice. Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main character, Qalli, is often as blank as the tundra. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The moral dilemmas in On the Ice ultimately fail to resonate, Qalli's concluding plea for his flawed humanity coming off as strangely hollow. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    It is an offbeat gem. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    More than a moral dilemma is needed to make up for the uneven performances, slack pacing and wonky dialogue, and while MacLean certainly has a keen eye, the rest of his storytelling facilities haven't quite caught up with it yet. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling. The flat, snowy landscape strips away all but the essentials from its tale. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Glinting white vistas and endless light blanket On the Ice, a frigid drama that's tough to warm up to. show more

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
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    A rather slow developing plot makes this movie drawn out. The look at Inuit lifestyle, though, makes it worth the time to watch it.

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