Black Rock Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 24, 2015
A tight-fisted little piece of gender-centric survival horror.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
July 2, 2013
This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 27, 2013
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
June 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 22, 2013
[An] earthy, woodsy throwback thriller ...
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 21, 2013
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.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 21, 2013
Poorly acted and unintentionally funny this is definitely a bad day at black rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
June 20, 2013
Slender, but committed: even Kate Bosworth, as the girls' team leader, forswears her usual lipgloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gregory Maule
Little White Lies
June 20, 2013
A formulaic dirge, further let down by a lack of the shocks, scares and interesting characterisations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 19, 2013
It's Aselton and Bell who really impress, their characters providing the glue of credibility that prevents the increasingly overwrought situation from coming apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 19, 2013
Engaging, gripping and tightly constructed thriller with a sharp script, effective action sequences and strong performances from all three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 18, 2013
'Black Rock' is never dull, but it's hardly the attention-grabbing calling card its creator presumably intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
June 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
May 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
May 23, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
May 22, 2013
... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 22, 2013
The writing tanks while the actors try to stay above water, but nobody leaves a trace on the radar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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