Devil's Pass Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 15, 2013
Further evidence that seasoned directors enjoy the found footage gimmick as much as the first-timers seem to.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 3, 2013
The decision to assemble it as a found-footage thriller makes it feel like yet another Blair Witch knock-off. And the plot seems to run out of ideas before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2013
Renny Harlin's fun, creepy found-footage horror knows when to be charming and, crucially, when to take its based-on-true-events conspiracy plot to its ridiculously entertaining conclusion.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 28, 2013
I'm not suggest Harlin deserves better than the tepid frights of Devil's Pass, but chasing a tired trend with minimal storytelling heft doesn't do him any favors.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 28, 2013
Despite drawing influence from a fascinating real-life event, this sloppily directed, largely tension-free found footage film sticks too closely to genre formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 28, 2013
Its grab at realism makes the artifice highly conspicuous.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 26, 2013
Very much like a puzzle that all comes seamlessly together, "Devil's Pass" wallows in formula before veering a sharp, hair-raising left turn just when the film needs it most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 26, 2013
Harlan's film -- written by Vikram Weet -- is a routine low-budget genre picture, with blandly attractive young actors overmatched by the freakiness lurking in the wilderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 25, 2013
If you know nothing of this incident you'll be intrigued, as I was. But the explanation, which involves another curious tale from the 1940s that continues to fascinate conspiracy theorists, is difficult to swallow.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 23, 2013
Made with just enough craft that, were you to stumble upon it late at night during a bout of insomnia, you wouldn't mind watching through to the end.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 23, 2013
Frankly, this thriller is a bit behind the curve in its storytelling, so even though it's a solidly well-made example of the found-footage genre, it feels derivative and tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 22, 2013
A deliciously ooky, X-Files-esque chiller that's a scary-fun hoot and a half; a lean, smart example of the found-footage flick.
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
August 22, 2013
The film is ridiculous and laugh-out-loud funny, though it's sometimes hard to tell if this is intentional or not. Either way, it remains riveting because of its effective tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Miranda Kiek
Guardian
August 22, 2013
An hour of waiting for something to happen followed by 30 minutes of silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
The awe-inspiring mountain vistas serve to ratchet up the claustrophobic intensity against the characters' blithe, even foolish, attitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2013
As Renny Harlin's career progresses, it seems more and more that his early gems were merely happy accidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Glasby
Total Film
August 22, 2013
Sometimes bad, never boring and, at the last, completely bonkers, it's proof at least that you can freeze cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 22, 2013
Since found-footage movies are purportedly shot by the characters, hiring a muscular action filmmaker like Renny Harlin seems like overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
August 20, 2013
As a solution to a genuine Soviet-era mystery, it leaves Occam's razor out in the cold - but as a clever, confounding trip through some of the more unusual events of the last hundred years, it gets more than just a pass
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