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Eden Lake Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A solid horror thriller worthy of a watch, if only for its insight in to how easily the hive mentality can be formed, and how merciless it can be.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 4, 2013
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

Well acted, well directed, and totally intense, 'Eden Lake' is the best horror film to come out of the UK in years.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2008
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

It's not your typical "wooded horror" movie, but Eden Lake works exceedingly well, and will probably stick in your gut for a little while.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2008
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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An effectively harrowing Brit thriller-cum-horror pic whose yuppie protags' weekend getaway runs violently afoul of the local youth.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 3, 2008
Allan Hunter
Screen International

A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

A well acted, smartly directed horror flick that's gory, disturbing, terrifying and topical.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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...while Eden Lake is effective, something feels not quite right about cheering for prepubescent kids to get their fatal comeuppance.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 13, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It is impossible not to admire the way Watkins ratchets up the tension in his debut as director (he wrote My Little Eye) and keeps his tale strictly to 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2008
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Daily Mail scaremongering? Possibly. But formidably well-made, all the same.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Eden Lake: pursuit, persecution, violent death.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

September 12, 2008

Sun Online

It is not often that The Sneak feels like walking out of a movie. But this exploitative, patronising and nauseatingly violent take on Britain's yob culture had your critic eyeing up the exit.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 1/5

September 12, 2008

Daily Mirror [UK]

It's not long before the claret starts to flow. And it won't be too long before you start eyeing the exit sign.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2008
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It doesn't fight shy of a truly frightening final twist, which makes it not only bleaker but also more truthful than virtually every other movie in this genre, which all too often is over-populated and under-humanised.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

September 12, 2008
Kevin Harley
Total Film

Frustratingly, there is potential in Watkins' claustrophobic, back-to-nature setting, but, in trying to play 'edgy' with contemporary anxieties, his cooked-to-formula script merely sinks to the level of the gutter press exploiting those fears.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 1/5

September 12, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Dispiriting and unpleasant, a trip to Eden Lake will leave most viewers feeling the need for a hot shower and a tetanus jab.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

For all the brutality of the confrontation with knife-weilding, car-nicking local scum - think Stanley knives gouging out tongues - it's never far off ludicrous.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This looks to me like the best British horror film in years: nasty, scary and tight as a drum.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

September 12, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

It's a claustrophobic marvel, and an impressive debut by Watkins.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2008

So harsh, bleak and intense it achieves a level of raw power. A sordid little nightmare of contemporary England.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 12, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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The film's one major fault is that Reilly's character repeatedly acts in ways that serve the plot, but which run contrary to rational human behaviour. By contrast, the shattering downbeat ending is well earned and genuinely shocking.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

September 12, 2008
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