Eden Lake Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 4, 2013
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.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
December 22, 2008
Well acted, well directed, and totally intense, 'Eden Lake' is the best horror film to come out of the UK in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
November 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
November 3, 2008
An effectively harrowing Brit thriller-cum-horror pic whose yuppie protags' weekend getaway runs violently afoul of the local youth.
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 18, 2008
A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 18, 2008
A well acted, smartly directed horror flick that's gory, disturbing, terrifying and topical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
October 13, 2008
...while Eden Lake is effective, something feels not quite right about cheering for prepubescent kids to get their fatal comeuppance.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 12, 2008
Daily Mail scaremongering? Possibly. But formidably well-made, all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 12, 2008
Eden Lake: pursuit, persecution, violent death.

Sun Online
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 12, 2008
This looks to me like the best British horror film in years: nasty, scary and tight as a drum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
September 12, 2008
It's a claustrophobic marvel, and an impressive debut by Watkins.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/6
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