Movie Review: Michael Shannon Can Do Menacing, Not Mundane. The Iceman Asks Him to Do Both

There are so many good things in The Iceman that one wonders why the movie as a whole doesn’t quite work. This based-on-fact story of Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a Mafia hit man who allegedly murdered more than 100 people even as he kept his career hidden from his family, is full of nice little character touches and fine performances, particularly from the star-studded supporting cast, but something seems amiss at its core. The problem might actually be (gasp) Michael Shannon himself — shocking, because he’s one of our greatest actors — who is only half-right for this film’s portrait of Kuklinski.



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