• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Stevan Mena
    In Theaters:
    Mar 4, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2011
  • Crimson Films


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Bereavement Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

while Bereavement is certainly a slasher, it is also a film about how monsters are made, in which every character, hero and villain alike, is figured as tragic prey to genes and circumstance.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

October 19, 2012
Scott Weinberg

Evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2011
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 3.2121/10

March 19, 2011
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 19, 2011
Paul Brunick
New York Times
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I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2011
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2011
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Bereavement" is cruel and unusual.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 17, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Bereavement -- miraculously as dull as its title -- is neither far gone enough to be funny nor well thought-out enough to be disturbing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 15, 2011
John Anderson
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Virtually every shot in Bereavement -- a sort of prequel to Mena's Malevolence (2005) -- is the right one; the editing, also by Mena, is first-rate.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2011
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

The film is so laughably Freudian it could play as a parody of certain acclaimed horror film studies such as Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Horror Film.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

March 9, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Bereavement" isn't a bad slasher film, but after a few stabs (no pun intended) at being something more, it settles for being just a slasher film. And that's disappointing.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2011
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

In this deliberately paced horror movie, a big-city teen homes in on the darkness at the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, with grim results.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 4, 2011

It truly plays like one person's nightmarish descent into a world of total madness. It gives you a feel for who Martin Bristol is and why he's so lethal. On that level the film is a complete success.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Bereavement is one nasty piece of work.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Harvey S. Karten

It's difficult to care about people who are all stupid to a fault.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

February 25, 2011
Dustin Putman

A character-centric thriller signifying Mena's progression as a filmmaker even as it doesn't quite retain the same home-grown charm and earnestness of its predecessor.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2011
Prairie Miller

Though Mena refers to his sadistically sliced up female brisket as therapeutic, there's a line between calming viewer fears, and titillating them. While human chopped meat served up raw making you go vegetarian, isn't exactly relished food for thought.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

February 20, 2011
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