The Woman (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Woman (2011)



Critic Consensus: Strange, audacious, and aggressive, The Woman is an uneven horror flick that game viewers with a wildly bloody finale.

Movie Info

Family man and lawyer Christoper Cleek (Sean Bridgers) must do what he can to protect his family when he comes into contact with a feral woman (Pollyana McIntosh) living in the woods near his isolated country home. Through a series of harrowing encounters Cleek and his family quickly discover there is more to this woman than anyone would suspect and that sometimes the devil wears a handsome face. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, torture, a rape, disturbing behavior, some graphic nudity, and language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Lucky McKee, Jack Ketchum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
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Sean Bridgers
as Christoper Cleek
Angela Bettis
as Belle Cleek
Carlee Baker
as Genevieve Raton
Zach Rand
as Brian Cleek
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Critic Reviews for The Woman

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

Calculatedly ugly and undeservedly controversial.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Top Critic

Not only is it banal in a kitchen sink way, it's just a reiteration of the same argument.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Subtle as a mugging and gleefully outrageous, "The Woman'' is a feminist parable disguised as a sicko midnight horror movie.

Full Review… | November 27, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Rewards your endurance with an utterly insane 30-minute climax of violence, audacious gore and all-around bad behavior.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The characters and the audience alike will have to endure much misery and a ham-fisted illustration of gender dynamics, offered up as an especially cockeyed comedy of manners...

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Top Critic

"The Woman" is a pretty good horror movie, with interesting performances.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Woman


So many thoughts - definitely not what I expected.
Hated the father and son in this - just couldn't wait to see the wild woman get them.
Very disturbing story about an outwardly perfect family and what daddy really does for kicks.
Don't want to say more an ruin it for anyone.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Director of the incredible May takes over this sequel to Jack Ketchum's Offspring. This film is much better, as it has a quirky humorous tone that exists throughout and adds to the shocking moments. The Woman sees the last survivor from Offspring captured by a small town lawyer who wishes to 'civilise' her. As you can imagine, he's a bit of a dick, and the question around who is truly 'civilised' is raised. Sean Bridges gives an excellent creepy turn as the father of the family, who can be all smiles and sunshines before hitting a woman. The idea of feminism and strength plays throughout, and we see the negative effect Bridgers actions have on his family, especially his son. At times the tone is something bizarre, which may put viewers off, but overall this is a wonderfully crafted little horror film that works as a disturbing fable.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


A competently acted and well directed film that doesn't go as far as it wants to. Sure, the basis of the film is misogynistic--who can't see that? But it wants to be incisive in its analysis of that basis, and it doesn't go as far as it should. The movie sets up a straw man of misogyny in its main character, Chris Cleek, and is more willing to focus on him than his female victims. Add in a predictable ending (with a bizarre coda) and you've got "The Woman." Trust me--it's more shallow than it pretends to be.

Taylor Roznovsky
Taylor Roznovsky

Super Reviewer

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