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Black Rock Reviews

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Gregory Maule
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 1/5

June 20, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 29, 2013
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 17, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Black Rock upends most American action films' nativist impulses, but it never settles into satirizing or transcending them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 14, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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It sets up this distaff-Deliverance scenario much better than it pays it off.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 16, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.8/10

May 24, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Considering the credits, we expected something better.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 1/4

May 14, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

May 17, 2013
David Aldridge
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2013
Todd Gilchrist
ShockTillYouDrop.com

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 Source: ShockTillYouDrop.com | Original Score: 4/10

January 24, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

May 16, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

May 29, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

May 19, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 1/5

June 21, 2013
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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 Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.5/5.0

May 16, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

Genre pieces can be straightforward but shouldn't confuse shallowness with efficiency.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Maybe it's a parody?

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

May 16, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2013
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
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Aselton, you sure have a purty mouth, but what are you trying to say?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2013
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