Jesse Stone is back! When his friend and fellow cop is shot during a visit to Boston, small town police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) risks his life and career to solve the crime while also investigating the disappearanc... more »e of a missing child in this exciting fifth installment in the popular Jesse Stone movies based on the best-selling books by Robert B. Parker.« less
Roylene T N. from FREDERICKTOWN, OH Reviewed on 7/25/2013...
I love all the Jesse Stone movies. I think they are so well made and the cast is outstanding. Tom Selleck is one of my favorite actors because of his integrity and talent and choosing really good scripts and commend the people for hiring him to get his career going. He comes with the greatest loyalty for his co stars that he admits was greatly influenced by another wonderful actor James Garner.
Sandra W. from HAGERSTOWN, MD Reviewed on 3/7/2011...
This is the first of the Jesse Stone movies I've watched. I don't know how I missed them on television, but I've ordered a couple more that are available here. I loved the actors and their roles in this one, especially Kathy Baker. Tom Selleck plays his part very well and I was not expecting the ending of this movie at all. That was a total surprise. Anyone who likes mysteries will like this one.
Nancy W. from CHARLOTTE, NC Reviewed on 1/10/2011...
REally AWESOME movie. All the Jesse Stone's are great! Entertaining.
Cheers for Jesse Stone!
Jody | Northwest Ohio | 03/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jesse and his State Homicide buddy Healey are shot at in Boston. Both are injured, Healey seriously. Jesse comes home to learn his ex-wife is moving in with her boyfriend; his employer, the Paradise Town Council is not pleased with his performance as police chief specifically with his failure to man the speed trap just outside of town, and a woman from New Mexico thinks her long-ago kidnapped son is alive and well in Paradise. Add an Internal Affairs investigation conducted by an angst-ridden and glamorous officer to the mix (Jesse managed to fire a couple of shots at the gunman) and this is a satisfying addition to the series.
Thin Ice describes more than the story. This is the first of the Jesse Stone movies not based on a Robert Parker novel, there are differences in characters (I particularly missed Molly) and there's an edgier feel to it. While there is still the wonderful repartee among the members of Paradise's tiny PD that is so characteristic of these stories, everyone seems uneasy and Jesse seems more self-destructive than in the past. Nevertheless, the intrepid Jesse manages to sidestep Internal Affairs to resolve the shooting, ferrets out the truth about the kidnapping, and as the movie ends, is on his way to Do The Right Thing. His future in Paradise is in question as well as his personal relationships, and I'm glad I read that there is another episode yet unreleased, so maybe the big issues will be resolved.
Darker, More Somber, but Selleck Shines as Stone...
Benjamin J Burgraff | Las Vegas | 06/19/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Tom Selleck's fifth installment as Robert Parker's alcoholic Police Chief, in "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice", lacks the ironic edginess and humor of the previous films (based, for the first time, on original material, not a Parker novel), and the presence of Viola Davis as the heart of the tiny Paradise Police Department is sorely missed, but Selleck is terrific, and the film will certainly please his fans!
As always, Stone is in hot water with the Paradise City Council; town revenue is down (as he had fired his department's biggest ticket-writer), and he refuses to hire a Council member's son-in-law to fill the vacancy; and while in Boston in a borrowed Paradise police car, Stone and his buddy, Captain Healy (Stephen McHattie), are shot, with Stone under an Internal Affairs investigation for firing back. More is on his plate, as well; a mother (Camryn Manheim) arrives in town, begging for his aid in finding her long-missing child, and his ex-wife informs him she plans to move in with her new boyfriend. Needless to say, Stone is finding solace in the bottle, and verbally sparring with his shrink (William Devane)...but he doggedly searches for answers, despite the threats and suspicion.
The series 'regulars' (Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth, as Stone's fellow Paradise cops, and William Sadler, as a Boston mobster) are wonderful, as is Leslie Hope, portraying an IA investigator attracted to him...and Joe the Dog (as his mutt, Reggie), shines, as always (the canine is a hell of an actor!). While the film has shortcomings, the performances are first-rate, and Selleck is so natural as Stone, you may forget he was once Thomas Magnum...while the ending may be the darkest of the series, I'm certainly looking forward to the next Stone movie!
Number Five and still rolling
Greenknight01 | Some where in New England | 05/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched the fifth instalment of the Jesse Stone story. I will not say it is my favorite. Stone Cold is my favorite. But the fifth one, Thin Ice is well worth watching and owning. The charactor development is not as good as earlier ones, nor is the plot as itricate. I atribute that to Parkers book and not the acting or direction. The story is still credible. I own the whole series that has been released to date. I have even given some extra DVD copies away to friends to enjoy. I highly recommend this and all of the Jesse Stone films. I live not far away from there the fictional town of Paradise, Massachusetts is supposed to be located. Aside from the area being abit more populated that is portrayed in the movie, they capture the feel of the area 15 to 20 miles North of Boston. I hope there will be a number six so Jesse's charactor is redeemed from his drinking and vindicated in his work...Jesse Stone: Thin Ice"
Damn good series
C. D. Simmons | Fayetteville, AR United States | 03/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't seen the film yet. And the review that pans it for cliche's ought to hang around a police dept. for a while, there are only a few non-abrasive answers a peace officer can give to adversarial remarks or stupid questions from reporters or gawkers.
Selleck's understated manner is, in my opinion, his interpretation of how an ex-L.A. cop kicked off the force for drinking, and now in his last chance job would play it. You do your job, don't show favoritism and adopt a manner that small town people will understand. L.A. Police work is probably a lot different than Paradise Cove police work so insert yourself, as the actor must do into the difference he has to deal with, his problem of drinking and the impermanence of any female relationship beyond that of his symbiotic connection with his ex-wife are problems Selleck has to portray and he does so very well, again with out a lot Pacino histrionics. My advice, Jesse just hang up the f-ing phone, and erase the messages without repeatedly listening to them.
All this Selleck and his writers and director draw us into. My vote, do the series as long as Tom Selleck is healthy and able wants to do it, it's great and he's the one that is the heart of it. His supporting cast couldn't be better, "Suitcase" is my favorite."
M. R. Sheffield | Herkimer, NY | 05/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All of the JESSE STONE movies are more than worth the price of admission. Engrossing and penetrating, true to the books that spawned them, Tom Selleck excels in this role. He is one of the most underrated actors in the US. Please -- more JESSE STONE movies to follow!"