• R, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Nicole Kassell
    In Theaters:
    Dec 24, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 12, 2005
  • Newmarket Films


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The Woodsman Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A really intelligent and amazing piece of real filmmaking...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey

Debut director Nicole Kassell compassionately explores the troubled psyche of a former pedophile struggling with inner demons and external obstacles to lead a normal life.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

April 16, 2009
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances.

Full Review

May 26, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) Aśn con su intensidad a medio camino, The Woodsman es un drama maduro, desafiante y revelador de lo que estamos dispuestos a tolerar y/o a perdonar (nos) los seres humanos.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

deals with one disturbing phenomenon in an honest and humane way

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

October 22, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's certainly a sensitivity and intelligence that went into this psychodrama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 26, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Look past the seemingly unpleasant subject matter and you'll be able to appreciate this insightful character study quite easily.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A lean and unapologetic piece about a type of person too often rendered in simplistic 'monster' colors.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An uneasy, sometimes difficult film to watch - rare at the movies these days. But as a study in pedophilia, there is plenty to be said for the conversation it ignites.

| Original Score: B+

March 30, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... not full of uplift, but it has about it a kind of unholy truth, a worrying seed that isn't rinsed away in a triumphant final act.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

March 6, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

It's a brave choice for an actor, a masterful balancing act by Bacon that makes The Woodsman as insightful as it is disquieting.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 18, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Kevin Bacon makes you feel something unexpected: sympathy for a pedophile.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Bacon, who's a tragically underrated actor, unpeels Walter in layers that are by turns creepy, fascinating, poignant and disturbing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

The Woodsman is a difficult movie to watch, but it's one that cannot be turned away from.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The Woodsman does not offer a pleasant night at the movies, but it does provide a thought-provoking experience.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2005
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This astonishingly accomplished first feature by director and co-writer Nicole Kassell, with an unnerving performance by Kevin Bacon, will haunt you for days.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As distasteful as the concept may be, it's approached with surprising sensitivity and taste.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Unfolds in exactly the way you expect a sensitive Sundance indie to handle this distasteful subject matter...

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2005
Angela Baldassarre

Kevin Bacon delivers a haunting performance in Nicole Kassell's impressive feature-directorial debut "The Woodsman." **

Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

January 31, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Kevin Bacon anchors the film with his deeply humane, but never sentimental performance

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2005
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