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  1. Dada Kubin's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    The Chinese seem to make the best crime movies nowadays. This one is as much about life’s absurdity and/or the capriciousness of the modern Chinese society as it is about finding who did what. Actually the murder case isn’t very interesting although (or because) they add more than a few twists to it. A lot more interesting is the reality happening around the characters.

  2. skrt's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Noir contemporaneo che mi ha piacevolmente soddisfatto. Partendo dagli schemi classici di un cruento caso irrisolto ed un investigatore dedito principalmente all'alcol e ormai degradato, una vittima messa in disparte che conquisterà sempre più insistentemente la scena, il punto di svolta sarà raggiunto solo tramite un incessante lavoro di pedinamento, tra autobus, strade e piste ghiacciate dove i personaggi...

  3. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    This is not your police procedural. It's a meditation on the idea of progress. Progress is not a straight line. It zig-zags and circles around on itself. It's why we keep revisiting the same places in the movie. What is needed, instead of a brilliant detective, is someone who won't give up. I really enjoyed the wild unpredictability of the whole thing. And what a perfect ending!

  4. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

  5. Kelley Dong's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

  6. Eastern Film Fans's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal, Thin Ice pays homage to the Neo-noir filmmaking but will this taut thriller chill you to the very core or freeze you out ? Full review here http://www.easternfilmfans.co.uk/?p=3728

  7. cinegeek.de's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Draussen auf den Strassen der kargen Stadt liegt der Schnee und genau wie die Schneedecke den Dreck darunter verdeckt, fühlen wir, dass etwas Unheimliches hinter der Fassade dieser Affäre lauert. Black Coal Thin Ice arbeitet mit solchen Suggestionen, wobei die Geschichte immer undurchsichtig bleibt... die ganze Rezension sowie die für uns wichtigsten chinesischen Arthaus Filme auf cinegeek.de

  8. HKFanatic's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    On his podcast, author Bret Easton Ellis argues again and again that, while television is about information, film is primarily about mood and atmosphere. It's a theory that bears out in "Black Coal, Thin Ice," a Chinese neo-noir that shares faint similarities to the first season of "True Detective" and yet arguably surpasses it thanks to an oppressively bleak and frigid visual palette. A near masterpiece.

  9. Theolini's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Fireworks in broad daylight.

  10. wineboxer's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    great nordic noir atmosphere set in mainland china. the plot is predictable but the visual imagery carries the film.

  11. Thom Whyte's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    I loved this. The noir atmosphere, the deeply flawed protagonist, and the understated, restrained nature of the entire thing drew me in like the best of hardboiled detective fiction always does.

  12. yoan's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    salah satu episode criminal minds dalam speed 0.40x. (reduksionis macam aing memang, ck...)

  13. Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

  14. filmcapsule's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    The prickly Black Coal, Thin Ice slowly envelopes the viewer in its quietly gonzo vision of an industrial world that keeps spinning no matter what happens to the people that inhabit it. The film also uses its murder mystery to glancingly suggest a much more malignant force than murder. Almost all of the film's characters feel beaten and beleaguered, rendered fatigued and submissive by society: particularly the women.

  15. Tigrão's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal is one of those rare films in which the atmosphere and the geographical context is so strong that it almost overshadows the plot itself.

  16. D's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Cool Chinese giallo-esque thriller featuring 'eyeball ramen' and death by ice skate.

  17. TZUHSIEN TANG's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

  18. Pedro Soares's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    visually astonishing, but that's all unfortunately

  19. Enrico Gaudenzi's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Sequenza d'apertura d'antologia... poi tanto lento grigiume. Un noir cinese non proprio coinvolgente...

  20. Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    5 - It’s sad to see consummate visual splendor and economy of this caliber (not a single shot is superfluous) wasted on such a tedious police procedural. The plot is shooting for an atmospheric sociopolitical dissection but, after one twist too many, it just devolves into incoherence; less “Memories of Murder” and more of a plodding Chinese feature-length “Law & Order" with marginally less two-dimensional characters.

  21. Margot H's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

  22. Angelika Arman's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    So sad to see another pretencious movie crowding the scene.

  23. Jack Marsden's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

    I'd heard it was noir, and then it started in daylight, so I thought hmm is this really noir, but then the rest of it was 90 minutes of shadows and femme fatales thanks for clearing that up for me. Apart from the slightly overbearing ambience, this is quite beautiful, really well done film. It's noir, by the way. 4/5

  24. smeef's rating of the film Black Coal, Thin Ice

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