Black Sheep Reviews

Top Critic
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 10, 2007
The performances may be uneven, but the flawed characters are believable, the sheep surprisingly scary and the animal antics often laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 10, 2007
This lurid lunacy from New Zealand is a horror-humor cross-breed of animal lore and giddy gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 4, 2007
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2007
Anyone lacking a taste for red meat will likely say bah to the one-joke juiciness of Black Sheep, but ovine enthusiasts will be licking their chops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2007
Stunning vistas of New Zealand's rolling countryside aren't enough to carry this lame 2006 horror spoof about a lab experiment gone awry.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 11, 2007
The most gruesomely satisfying spectacle for hard-core environmentalists would be that of a group of foreign investors in the evil enterprise being gobbled up by a flock of rampaging sheep.
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 6, 2007
...Black Sheep never rises above sensation and splatter, or goes beyond the one thing it does best: It bites.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2007
Black Sheep is never very frightening, but it's clever and fun, with a memorable amount of humor and gore. Imagine if the Monty Python folks made the killer rabbit part from Holy Grail into a full-length movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2007
Like Snakes on a Plane, the whole movie is essentially contained within the title. All the picture itself does is to repeat that concept for 87 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 5, 2007
It's the Triumph of the Lambs.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2007
I suspect [director Jonathan] King's next film will be better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 5, 2007
A strenuous goof, one that will test your tolerance for the violence of the lambs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 25, 2007
I pretty much hated it. Like the zombie spoof Fido from a couple of weeks ago, this is a one-joke movie -- and the one joke gets old fast.
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
June 23, 2007
Only a 12-year-old boy would view this collection of squishy grotesqueries and squirting arteries as perfect Friday-night entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 22, 2007
Black Sheep is essentially a silly, grisly elaboration of a simple idea: What if sheep started feasting on human flesh and turning their victims into huge ovine zombies?
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 22, 2007
A one-joke skit that trots in a straight line, and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you need to see gonzo sheep rip out human entrails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2007
Rife with bloody gore and funny gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
June 21, 2007
It's still relatively early in 2007, but this wry comedy about sheep gone baaaaad promises to be the best vampire-flesh-eating livestock movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
June 21, 2007
Slickly made but not deeply felt, and while [director] King shows signs that he may one day make a film as rich as Peter Jackson at his peak, next time he should try to get the audience to care equally about the eaters and the eaten.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic

New York Magazine/Vulture
June 21, 2007
Absurdly, magnificently gruesome.
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 21, 2007
Jonathan King's film is an intentionally moronic mash-up of horror clichés bound to delight all fans of grade-Z entertainment.
Top Critic
Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2007
A giddily subversive addition to the age-old cinema tradition of the horror comedy.
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 4, 2007
If you're in the mood for something sillier, Black Sheep awaits. There are plenty of laughs, but don't let that fool you: This one's not for the weak of stomach.
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
March 10, 2007
Endearingly amusing.
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Veteran music-video director Jonathan King's first feature film mixes black humour and over-the-top gore in an old-school horror romp that harkens back to the early films of Peter Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4