Surviving Crooked Lake (Portage) (2009)




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Four teenage girls set out into the majestic Canadian Shield on a canoe-and-camping excursion, only to be forced to fend for themselves after disaster strikes and their male guide is accidentally killed. Ever since her father died, Steph has been terrified of the water. When Steph's older brother announces plans to lead a laid-back retreat into the wilderness, however, the troubled teen reluctantly signs on for the trip. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the frightened young girls are forced … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing bloody images, brief strong language, drug use and smoking)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Sascha Drews, Ezra Krybus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2010
NeoClassics Films


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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Surviving Crooked Lake offers tension and honest emotion while making good use of its clearly limited financial resources.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Too often, volatile scenes of interpersonal tension and fear stretch the green cast thin.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Sometimes shaky, sometimes smooth handheld DV lensing (by Drews and Krybus) gives the pic an immediacy that greatly enhances its dramatic and emotional impact.

Full Review… | July 21, 2009
Top Critic

Modest Canadian thriller Surviving Crooked Lake, playing matinees this weekend at the Regent, is a combination coming-of-age teen drama and survival thriller.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
NOW Toronto

There are thematic grace notes of cusp-of-pubescence grief, loneliness and misplaced attraction here, but the nitty-gritty of dramatic conflict and the acting are not up to snuff, quite simply.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Shared Darkness

These girls are cute, they all have a willowy presence and purposefully youthful sensuality, but they are novice actors and it shows.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

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