Conclusion: There's a flatness to 'The Iceman' that holds it back from being a true crime classic. Michael Shannon, however, makes up for a lot of the movie's failings with his performance. The man just knows how to act. He knows exactly how to command the viewer's attention, and his role as Richard Kuklinski is no exception. With solid audio and video presentations 'The Iceman' is worth a look.
Excerpt: By the time Richard Kuklinski was captured in 1986, he was said to have murdered more than 100 people. Reportedly a killer even before he turned pro for the mob, he was also so cagey his wife and daughters apparently had no inkling of what he did for a living. No film could make sense of a personality like that, and The Iceman , a true-crime thriller from Israeli-born director Ariel Vromen, doesn’t exactly try.
Conclusion: This solemn, blood-soaked thriller lacks the dynamism of its star, but is an impressive showcase for him nonetheless: it’s as hard to look away from Shannon’s performance as it is to look directly at it.
Summary: For over two decades, Goodfellas has been casting its colossal shadow over lesser 20th Century-set mobster-on-the-rise films, making it easier to recognise the paler shades of the subgenre. Though well-acted and solidly told, The Iceman falls closer to the ‘merely good’ ranks of Kill the Irishman than the masterful status of Martin Scorsese’s classic.