• 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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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Gripping film.

| Original Score: 9/10

January 28, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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[Ms. Kassell and Mr. Fechter] trick up Walter's character with so many conflicting moods and impulses and then place him within a post-prison society that is itself alternately oppressive and permissive.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 27, 2005
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca

...un portrait délicat, balancé et honnête d'un pédophile.

Full Review Source: EnPrimeur.ca | Original Score: 4/5

January 27, 2005
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

A courageous and often moving drama.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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An involving, intense but ultimately confused portrait.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 21, 2005
M.E. Russell
Oregonian

A slightly better-made movie of the week.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 21, 2005
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

A powerful, wrenching drama.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 21, 2005
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

It's insightful and powerful, but it's not an easy film to watch.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 21, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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To watch this picture is to feel, and what you're feeling is an intense swirl of conflicting emotions -- disturbed, creeped-out, sorry, and, yes, even moved.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A flawed film that's well worth seeing.

| Original Score: B

January 21, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It is both difficult to watch and compelling.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Rewarding performances...but Kassell hedges her bets. Not only does she ease Walter's plight by pairing him with Sedgwick, so too are his crimes cut down to size.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

January 21, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Anybody in the mood for a downbeat drama anchored by a sturdy lead performance won't go wrong.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2005
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A sharp little movie that plunges into expressive pockets of silence, lets its actors speak with expressions as much as dialogue, and builds mood through vivid little images.

January 20, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Turning theater into cinema is always a sticky business, but it's a business The Woodsman knows well.

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

January 20, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A lean drama anchored by subject matter which, although difficult, remains distantly disquieting yet never challenging.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

The Woodsman is an earnest but ultimately flawed film that contains a terrific performance by one of Hollywood's most underrated actors Kevin Bacon.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Deeply insightful, delicately nuanced and brilliantly acted.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 15, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Kassell, a first-time feature filmmaker, shows confidence and some lovely instincts.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 14, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

There are some holes in the story fabric we can gaze through

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2005
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