Black Rock Reviews

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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
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
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
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
Black Rock upends most American action films' nativist impulses, but it never settles into satirizing or transcending them.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 16, 2013
It sets up this distaff-Deliverance scenario much better than it pays it off.
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 14, 2013
Considering the credits, we expected something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 17, 2013
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.
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2013
Turns out Aselton doesn't have much to say other than that women will fight for their lives as tenaciously as men, which is not exactly news.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
ShockTillYouDrop.com
January 24, 2012
Black Rock makes subtle changes that distinguish it as a marginally more thoughtful stalking killer movie, but horror fans will find its twists and turns too familiar to leave a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 16, 2013
"Black Rock" is as dingy and dirty as the genre thrillers it appears to want to one-up. All it does, though, is bring everyone down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 19, 2013
An exploitation thriller with feminist overtones - ala "I Spit on Your Grave," but nowhere nearly as gutsy - "Black Rock" disappoints on various levels.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 16, 2013
The what-if scenario that incites the action of "Black Rock" is captivating but Aselton and co-writer/husband Mark Duplass don't build on that scenario enough to make the venture successful overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 16, 2013
Genre pieces can be straightforward but shouldn't confuse shallowness with efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2013
Maybe it's a parody?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 20, 2013
Perhaps Aselton is unfamiliair enough with genre history to believe she is blazing a virgin trail through not just the picturesque forest of her island location but the gruesome thickets of her violent narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2013
Aselton, you sure have a purty mouth, but what are you trying to say?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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