Hollywood Reporter - 08/30/2012
"A densely plotted account of the life and crimes of Richard Kuklinski....THE ICEMAN is a vivid evocation of a remorseless sociopath sustaining a double life..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/10/2013
"[Shannon] manages to deliver another impressive performance..."
USA Today - 05/02/2013 3 stars out of 4 -- "Shannon's restrained and mesmerizing portrayal, bolstered by an excellent offbeat supporting cast, makes for an edgy and compelling Mob yarn..."
Empire - 05/31/2013
"[An] impressive showcase....It?s as hard to look away from Shannon?s performance as it is to look directly at it."
Total Film - 05/25/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE ICEMAN proves -- as if we didn?t already know it -- what a versatile, volatile and visceral actor Michael Shannon is."
Michael Shannon stars as notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski in this biopic from director Ariel Vromen (RX, DANIKA). To his loving wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) and their growing family, Kuklinski was a caring father. But he was also a man with a dark secret and an unusual talent for covering his tracks. For nearly three decades starting in the 1950s, the suburban family man worked as one of the Gambino crime family's chief executioners, earning the nickname "Iceman" for his use of freezers in obscuring the forensic details of his victim's deaths. By constantly varying his methods, Kuklinski made it virtually impossible for investigators to assemble an accurate profile of the killer credited with taking over 100 lives. A protégé of seasoned assassin Robert "Mister Softee" Pronge (Chris Evans), the elusive contract killer struggles to reconcile his relationship with his sociopathic brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff) while nurturing a close friendship with his Gambino contact Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta). Then, in 1986, an arrest brings Kuklinski's violent career to a sudden end.