Black Rock Reviews

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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
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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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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 19, 2013
This is a lean and mean variation on a familiar theme, tense throughout, with some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
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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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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 17, 2013
This indie, female-centric riff on "Deliverance" is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 17, 2013
It works because Aselton and Bell turn in wildly physical, primal performances. You do not want to mess with these women. "Black Rock" is ferocious stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 16, 2013
The male characters here are too thinly developed for this to be a top-notch survival thriller, but Ms. Aselton knows how to get the pulse pounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 16, 2013
Unexpectedly sturdy in some ways, shaky in others.
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
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 16, 2013
irector Katie Aselton's film is actually pretty interesting, starting with the way Aselton handles the violence, and what she does and doesn't choose to emphasize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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+
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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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 14, 2013
A soundtrack of churning rock songs by the Kills is as close as this misfire gets to authentic grrrl power, borrowed as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2012
Working from a ruthlessly efficient script by husband Mark Duplass, Aselton effortlessly sets up the women's reunion scenario before effectively flipping the action from drama to thriller.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Straining to be a distaff "Deliverance," indie thriller Black Rock is unable to shock, much less convince.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 24, 2012
The shotgun wedding of mumblecore and bare-bones genre filmmaking is promising in theory, but lackluster and surprisingly generic in practice.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 24, 2012
Black Rock is well-acted, and contains a couple of memorable scenes, but for the most part this is a blah buddy dramedy that transforms into a blah chase thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-