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Black Rock (2013)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 28

It springs from smarter ideas than your average chase thriller, but ultimately, Black Rock falls back on disappointingly familiar ingredients.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 12

It springs from smarter ideas than your average chase thriller, but ultimately, Black Rock falls back on disappointingly familiar ingredients.



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Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. (c) LD


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Mark Duplass

Jul 29, 2013

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (28)

'Black Rock' is never dull, but it's hardly the attention-grabbing calling card its creator presumably intended.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The writing tanks while the actors try to stay above water, but nobody leaves a trace on the radar.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This is a lean and mean variation on a familiar theme, tense throughout, with some terrific performances.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard
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It seemed that Black Rock might take its very basic premise and use it as a platform to explore larger ideas. But even on its own terms as just a lean-and-mean genre exercise, this one's not all that interesting.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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Aselton, you sure have a purty mouth, but what are you trying to say?

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This indie, female-centric riff on "Deliverance" is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Black Rock is a simplistic, predictable thriller that fails to become engaging thanks to idiotic characters and a by the numbers approach that has the audience two steps ahead of them.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

We've seen Duplass write scripts that break cinema conventions like this, but who knew that his actress wife Aselton would turn out to be an equally innovative director?

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Aselton does demonstrate an assured touch in the early character-based scenes, but she lacks the same control when it comes to handling the action.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

[An] earthy, woodsy throwback thriller ...

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Katie Aselton's survival thriller sets its themes of time's passage, unresolved history and reluctant coming of age within a gripping island-set genre frame. It's like Lord Of The Flies for arrested adults.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

First-time filmmaker Aselton creates one of the most assured thrillers in recent memory, throwing finely developed characters into a very nasty situation that makes us squirm in our seats.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

Poorly acted and unintentionally funny this is definitely a bad day at black rock.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Slender, but committed: even Kate Bosworth, as the girls' team leader, forswears her usual lipgloss.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

A formulaic dirge, further let down by a lack of the shocks, scares and interesting characterisations.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's Aselton and Bell who really impress, their characters providing the glue of credibility that prevents the increasingly overwrought situation from coming apart.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Engaging, gripping and tightly constructed thriller with a sharp script, effective action sequences and strong performances from all three leads.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

On the whole Black Rock remains a short but sweet film, yet sadly, and despite the suspenseful atmosphere and enrapturement of certain scenes, is too forgettable a feature film.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

The feminine approach is refreshing, but the novelty wears off quickly once a few of these actors decide to turn on the ham, making it difficult to buy much of what Black Rock is selling.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

The ladies in Black Rock are supposed to be annoying. That's the only conclusion one can draw from their incessant whining, catfighting and drunk flirting.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A tight-fisted little piece of gender-centric survival horror.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: FEARnet

While not exactly the most dangerous game, Black Rock is a decent, punctuated gender battle which flys by quick enough to keep viewers at attention for a predictable yet watchable thriller.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

... a feminist reworking of 'Most Dangerous Game' and 'Deliverance,' with the friends soon stripped down and armed, like a tribe of Amazonian huntresses ... has the visceral appeal of early Kathryn Bigelow.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

Audience Reviews for Black Rock

The Duplass gang should stick to comedy. Black Rock is like a nasty misfired attempt at a 70's exploitation movie without really getting it. If you want to see sisters doing it for themselves in this genre then I'm afraid The Descent still remains the only film worth bothering with. I can see why they'd want to change that but this film gets character and stereotype uncomfortably wrong. Any modern film that tries to be new but still relies on the idea that all men are rapists and women have to get naked in horror films gets two big thumbs down from me. This film is pointless and would be forgettable if it weren't so annoying.
September 27, 2013

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Not every island is a paradise.

Good short movie! Black Rock will be slammed by those who deem its survivalist story and "less-is-more" film making as an amateur setback and a non eventful occurrence. It will be praised by those who adore small-scale storytelling and extremely independent film making. You may think it's stupid and boring. I think it was strong and entertaining.

Three women who were good friends in the past get back together for the first time since they were kids to spend time on an island called Black Rock. They meet some local hunters and find out they know one of them from when they were children. After inviting them to join them in a few drinks on the beach, the atmosphere changes into one of panic and horror as the situation and friendships are turned on their head in a brutal confrontation.
July 16, 2013
Manu Gino

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At one point in this movie, a character says ''This doesn't feel right.'' I agree.
May 30, 2013
Liam Gadd

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Sarah: It's gonna be so good guys. Just the three of us.

Black Rock is an incredibly simplistic thriller, which finds three women fighting for their lives after circumstances lead to them to dealing with some deadly individuals. The film is not terribly deep, as it is basically an extended period of setup, followed by standard chase thriller plot machinations, but it does reach points of effective, high stakes drama, matched with adequate filmmaking. Having females working together and playing against certain standards in regards to these types of films is notable as well. However, there are also many other genre stereotypes at play, along with a lack of logic in some instances. Given how minimal the story is overall, it works on an overall level of satisfaction, but I have seen other, similar films (The Decent), which make much better use of the ideas on display.

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