The Woodsman Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A really intelligent and amazing piece of real filmmaking...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: A-
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 26, 2007
A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 14, 2005
(...) 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
October 22, 2005
deals with one disturbing phenomenon in an honest and humane way
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Kisonak
May 16, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 26, 2005
There's certainly a sensitivity and intelligence that went into this psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
April 22, 2005
Look past the seemingly unpleasant subject matter and you'll be able to appreciate this insightful character study quite easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2005
A lean and unapologetic piece about a type of person too often rendered in simplistic 'monster' colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 30, 2005
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+
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
March 13, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 6, 2005
... 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 | Original Score: A
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 17, 2005
Kevin Bacon makes you feel something unexpected: sympathy for a pedophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Top Critic

AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 23, 2005

Boston Phoenix
January 15, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 14, 2005
Ultimately the film allows Walter his humanity while reserving judgment on the state of his soul. And it gives Kevin Bacon the role of a lifetime.
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