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The Iceman

6.81 h 45 min2012X-Ray15
Chronicles the life of real-life contract killer Richard Kuklinski, who was eventually caught and convicted in 1986. Perhaps most shocking of all was his family's total ignorance as to his real career.
Ariel Vromen
Michael ShannonWinona RyderJames Franco
English [CC]
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Ray LiottaChris EvansDavid SchwimmerJohn VentimigliaRobert DaviRyan O'Nan
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1284 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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CommonManReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Save your money for a better film.
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The Iceman is based on the life of Richard Kuklinski, a hitman for the 'Mob'. Unfortunately however extraordinary the life of the real Kuklinski was; it has not translated in to a decent film. In fact this is a bad film, only worthy of two and a half stars but I am feeling generous (as you can't do halves).

Like the 'Curates Egg' the acting is good in parts, but sadly there are not enough of these good parts to pull the lack of narrative detail out of a obfuscated fog. The lack of a developed narrative is very probably the biggest fault with the movie and may well be why the actors do not rise to the occasion.

The cast list encouraged me to buy this film; with the prospective talent arrayed how could this film be less than good…sadly none of the cast really seem to have made much of an effort: Michael Shannon does one thing well, that is to look simultaneously inscrutable and disturbed, that works for some of the time but given the supposed chameleon lifestyle of Kuklinski, an actor who can act across a range is really essential, sadly Shannon can only play Shannon. Quite frankly Winona Rider should have stayed at home, and I guess Ray Liotta was just doing a friend a favour as he clearly has no interest in his part.

Save your money for a better film.
7 people found this helpful
Brian DamageReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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First saw part of this on T.V. with a nuisance person in the bottom corner doing the signing.. Distracting, so gave up and bought the DVD after some research.
Only knew the actor from Boardwalk Empire. He got it spot on, having watched the Kuklinski interviews since. In fact, his performance as the ice cold hit-man/loving family man was almost more unsettling than the man himself.
Well worth the money.
It is a "Gangster" film but don't expect Goodfellas..this one just might make you look over your shoulder when out at night. After all, he killed one man, a total stranger, with a crossbow, just to see if it would work. (Not sure if that is in the DVD or the interview/s DVD, but that is what we are dealing with). Excellent but scary stuff. Brilliant casting.
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JaneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not accurate
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I was very disappointed with this film. I've read the book about Kuklinski and seen videos of him being interviewed. The film does not portray him well at all.
The film makes him look like he was 'pushed' around by the people he worked for, not a good depiction at all. He also had 3 children, his son is never mentioned in the film. If film makers are going to create a film of someone's life make it accurate.
3 people found this helpful
Tash NReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad, but not great either!
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I was lured into watching this film simply because I always love a good menacing performance by Ray Liotta. There are bizarre casting choices such as David Schwimmer who will always be Ross from Friends no matter how much he disguises himself and Winona Ryder who has no chemistry whatsoever with Michael Shannon. I get the feeling this film is in no way shape or form a reflection of the true horror that was Kuklinski and Chris Evans was drafted in merely for his popularity although to be fair, he does give a great performance, although bizarrely his look completely alters towards the end of the movie and while it is weakly explained, the film loses it credence at that point for me and that Evans dies in a way that makes me feel he resurrected the next day. Give it a go if lockdown happens for a third time where you live.
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LONDON NINJA.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mafia Horror!
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This is based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski,
aka... The Iceman.

I knew about Kuklinski from a documentary made about
him before this film. The real Kuklinski, was as chilling in
real life, as Michael Shannon portraits him, a cold blooded
killer, and this movie only touches the surface on how many
people he killed (over 100!).

Kuklinski was a hitman for Roy DeMeo and the Gemini crew,
who in turn, were part of the Gambino family. The Gemini Crew
were a homicide machine, and they had a method of disposing
of their victims, that would put any serial killer to shame. Make
no mistake, there is honor amongst thieves here, these men
were psychotic animals, and the most coldblooded of them all
was Richard Kuklinski.

This isn't a Goodfellas cheap rip-off in style and pace, but a solid
story of the very, very ugly side of the American Mafia.
5 people found this helpful
Mark smithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great actors but missing vital parts
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I've been wanting to watch is film after reading the icemans book, the film misses out so much of the book that builds up the character and really how much he did do and the gruesome endings. If I was to of just watched the film without reading the book I would of enjoyed the story still, I just think they should of gone more in depth into the iceman and his personality and experiences
2 people found this helpful
F.T.FReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant but harsh movie.
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This film, its story, it's veseral and devastating human cost, is very hard going. Extremely well produced and well acted through with brilliant performances by all.

Based on the intense life and events of a real hitman, this dramatic film follows the accounts given by the accused, via both the biographical book and documentary makers.

The heart wrenching final moments show how surreal the double life that was being lived and how utterly destructive the consequences are to himself and the only people he cared about; his own family.

A brilliant but harsh movie.
James the KingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Generic gangster biopic
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I was drawn to this movie because it stars Michael Shannon, who is wonderful in everything (that shamefully bad Superman pish notwithstanding). Sadly, The Iceman is considerably less than the sum of its parts, which include a compelling main character with a terrific story, restrained direction and an impressive cast. The problem is that it is almost entirely derivative of *insert name of any gangster/crime movie of the past 30 years here*. All of the characters and scenarios - true story or not - feel plucked straight out of another, superior film. It's not that is isn't interesting, but it can't help but be an unrewarding and, frankly, boring experience due to its contentedness to simply rehash all of the tropes of this type of movie. Technical merits on the blu ray are first rate. Extra features a bit of a non-event. Much like the movie.
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