Thin Ice
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Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) 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 (Alan Arkin) 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 (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's just a little slow getting started."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"At one point you're looking at the screen going, "This makes no sense!" Then after a long conclusionary explanation, you shake your head and say, "I'm still not sure that made much sense.""
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Thin Ice's troubled production history - the film was famously taken away from director Jill Sprecher and re-edited following its Sundance premiere - can't quite dampen what is, for the most part, an entertaining little comedy/thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It builds suspense slowly and surely as things begin to come apart for Kinnear, but it eventually grows tiresome and the twist ending is still a bit hard to swallow."
‑ Eric Melin,
"... the ride is pretty giddy ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The movie never fully clicks."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"There's nothing like the macabre to bring intrigue to an ordinary life, and nothing like the logistics of body disposal to challenge an insurance salesman."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The characters are endearingly flawed, the set-up is mischievously appealing and the story is endlessly surprising. The humour is black, the resolution audacious."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"...the film that has made its way into theaters is no disgrace to any of the names in the credits. Still, it would be very interesting to see the movie that the Sprechers intended to make."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Cracks show in Thin Ice"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo.""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If only the film were as good as Kinnear."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"In the vein of Fargo and A Simple Plan, Thin Ice is a delicious black crime comedy that melts before our eyes"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The movie's gently snowbound Midwestern setting blunts some of the story's harsher edges, and the characters mostly feel real."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The only things differentiating Thin Ice from Fargo? A lack of Midwestern accents and entertainment value."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
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