Black Coal, Thin Ice

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  • Summary: A detective links a series of murders to a mysterious woman, only finding himself drawn to her helplessly. In the mean time, he slowly starts to realize a murder case from five years ago was not solved after all.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Martyn Conterio
    Jun 4, 2015
    Black Coal, Thin Ice is a majestic neo-noir.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 20, 2014
    A bleak but powerful, carefully controlled detective thriller in which — as with all the best noirs — there are no real heroes or villains, only various states of compromise.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jun 4, 2015
    If Diao’s intent on confounding us, he has the courtesy to do it with frequently astonishing style and verve.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 20, 2014
    If the plotting was only more coherent and audience-friendly and the story-telling more disciplined, the film's extraordinarily complex atmosphere would be irresistible.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Feb 20, 2014
    The odd rhythm of very fast and slick followed by very slow and arty is difficult to settle into, and the film ultimately frustrates, willfully obscuring the apparatus of what appears at first to be a promising film noir framework.