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  • Summary: Mickey Prohaska is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story - all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing. Blending dark comedy and delirious Midwestern noir, Thin Ice, reaches a breaking point that no one - least of all Mickey Prohaska - could ever see coming. (ATO Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 15, 2012
    Throw in a nagging divorce settlement, an unplanned murder, and Billy Crudup - hilarious! - as a raging security man, and Jill Sprecher's film enjoyably fuses cleverness and sheer desperation.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 16, 2012
    Writing with her sister, Karen, Jill Sprecher rigs up an elaborate cause-and-effect comedy of errors, with Kinnear's predatory protagonist as both perp and victim. I won't say more than that, but Thin Ice is deeper than it first appears.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 23, 2012
    This is a devilishly ingenious screenplay by the sisters Jill and Karen Sprecher.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 14, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 16, 2012
    If you can get past the rough patches - a slightly sluggish start and a coda that feels like one punch line too many - there is some sinister fun to be had in watching Kinnear skating toward disaster on ice that is very thin indeed.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 5, 2012
    The movie never fully clicks.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 13, 2012
    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 clich├ęs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    Viewed this film at Sundance 2011 and loved it!! Greg Kinear is indeed on thin ice in this caper and hilarious film. It reminded me of "Little Miss Sunshine", with alot of the same cast. Loved it!! Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2012
    Thin Ice pulls you in with its uncomfortably edgy, eerie and yet comical approach. It was interesting and entertaining, even if just for the acting alone, which is superb. A good mix of turmoil, tension and comedy. Greg Kinnear is fantastic as is Billy Crudup. Alan Arkin is great but not in it as much as the other two. Lea Thompson should have had a bit more of a role, really like her. Some of the way part of the film was handled is questionable but overall I liked it a lot. I love special fx done the right way in a film but there's no CGI or special fx here, just a good film with great acting. Love to see big actors in raw indie films. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    I enjoyed the movie for being a Coen **** type of film. Then I read Roger Ebert's review and found out that the studio re-edited and changed the film without the consent of the director who now refers to the film as something with her name on it that isn't really her film. I hope the DVD has a directors' cut so we can see what was really intended. Still, even as is, the film is worth seeing. Expand
  4. Feb 19, 2012
    As the lead character (Kinear) starts down what seems like a funnel of bad decisions, the movie struck me as a combination of Fargo and A Simple Plan, which worried me. The story has been done, I thought to myself. But the staccato performances of the supporting characters suggested there was more going on than a series of unlucky events confronting this scoundrel. In particular, Billy Crudup is fantastic. My real criticism of the film is that it took far too long to kick into crisis mode - the first 20 minutes were verging on boring as they established the key plot points. Without reveling anything too important about the story, I'll just say it's worth seeing. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2012
    An interesting concept and the makings of what could have been a cool scam. If only it wasn't burdened by an extremely slow story that took way too long to get to its climax. Then, when it did, it only maintained it's interesting edge for about 10 minutes. The scam turned out pretty clever, but it simply too long to get there. My interest was LONG gone. Had it not been for some fantastic actors, I would have had a hard time giving it a single star. A plot like this deserved a lot better. Expand