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Cry Wolf (2005)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 7

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A big lie told in fun has deadly consequences in this horror story. A group of students at an exclusive private school decide to have some fun by creating an urban legend and seeing how far it will spread. When a woman is murdered not far from the school's campus, the students create an elaborate mythology about a serial killer known as "the Wolf," whose motives and methods would make him a likely culprit for the recent crime. However, when other people begin dying at the hands of "the Wolf,"


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Doug Liman, Beau Bauman

Dec 20, 2005


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After so many years of memorable horror villains, what's particularly terrifying about some dude with a neon-orange ski mask and a ratty camouflage jacket?

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Contains no actual wolves, but it does have some howlers.

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A cut above the rest.

September 19, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
New York Daily News
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Not only is it kind-of-sort-of-almost good, but it's also arguably the best horror movie in theaters right now -- thanks to a decent script with a couple of great twists.

September 19, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Cry_Wolf is not_scary.

September 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie consistently keeps us guessing, right up to its twisty, satisfying finish.

September 19, 2005 | Comment (1)
New York Post
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It attempts to be taken as a slasher film but it's not a slasher whatsoever, it's a gigantic tease.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Cry Wolf is certainly an impressive calling card for its co-writer/director Jeff Wadlow, even if ultimately it is too derivative to qualify as something to howl about.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Mergulha nas velhas perseguições de sempre, sendo ainda mais prejudicado pelos diálogos pavorosamente ruins.

March 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

To help suspend disbelief, here's a tip--try watching it through gauze.

February 3, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A fine attempt, and fine entertainment, but not one for the ages.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Unfortunately, the 12A rating means that the film lacks the two most essential ingredients for a teen horror flick: sex and gore.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

Aside from leading lady Lindy Booth and a directorial style that screams for a smarter screenplay, there's very little here that'll thrill the horror hounds and/or the gore gourmets.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Nothing about the plot has any real spark, besides the gimmicky set-up.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A tedious throwaway horror film without a logical marble in its head.

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...ultimately unsatisfactory...

December 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If you want something that asks you to think along with it to keep up with the characters and plot, Cry_Wolf's a good place to be.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Dread Central | Comments (2)
Dread Central

An orange ski mask just isn't that frightening, sorry.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Here's a little movie that should have thriller aficionados licking their chops.

October 7, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Is there anything scarier than a threatening text message? Sure: Werewolves, vampires, killer diseases, and comedies written by and starring Jenny McCarthy come immediately to mind.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

You know you're in trouble when Jon Bon Jovi is the most impressive actor in the bunch.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Rumors of the slasher genre's death have not been greatly exaggerated, if this Chrysler Million Dollar Film Contest winner is any indication.

October 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

another case of a modern thriller where we are expected to accept too many silly things

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

Like, no one would wonder why it's not on the news or something if some guy was going around murdering everyone! LOL!

September 23, 2005
E! Online

This is a movie where the most earthbound person is a journalism prof played by Bon Jovi.

September 22, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Cry Wolf

October 8, 2013
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Interesting idea that never takes off due to a poor script. The film had a good premise, unfortunately there's nothing going for the film, and I found myself bored watching this. Acting wise, the actors here are poor and none of them have any screen presence. This is meant to be a Slasher film, and it borrows heavily from the 1980's hit April Fool's Day, which was superior. This film lacks any suspenseful moments to really make it a fun and entertaining film that delivers top-notch scares. Mildly amusing in the long run, Cry Wolf could have been a much better film if the script would have been better. This film doesn't have anything effective in delivering chills and it is a scare free, predictable affair that is a perfect example of a mediocre horror film. This film could have been much better than what kit turned out to be. Unfortunately with sloppy direction, this is an unfocused picture that doesn't offer anything worthwhile for genre fans. As far as I'm concerned, this is a film that is poorly thought out, one that doesn't deliver and one that is pretty forgettable. This is a poorly acted film to boot and the director clearly can't craft a memorable terror experience. Cry Wolf is practically a rehash of previous ideas from other films, and you can clearly see where the cracks in the film lie. Mediocre and it's a shame because the film had a pretty ingenious idea and it's a shame that the filmmakers couldn't craft a more entertaining film in the long run and it ended up being a misfire due to a paper thin plot and poor execution of the material.
November 6, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Have just rewatched this one. Don't know how my original rating was 4. Hmmm... It is an okay horror with an abrupt ending. The real star here is Lindy Booth as Dodger. I don't know how this girl didn't go on to have a more successful career, as she is quite interesting on screen. (Or maybe she has and I just haven't seen the type of movies she stars in these days, will have to check that out). Jared Padalecki is not in it all that much, and he's pretty much an oaf here. Obviously this one was before he became well known on Supernatural. The rest of the cast I think were no names, apart from Jon Bon Jovi, and the less said about that the better (although in all fairness he is okay. He plays a sleazy teacher, so it's probably ideal casting for him).
October 23, 2011

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