• 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


Time Out
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January 26, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 23, 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
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
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
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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A compelling drama that pulls back the curtain on a problem of epidemic proportions.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

January 14, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Bacon deservedly has received most of the attention here, but Sedgwick, who doesn't work nearly enough, brings grit and hardscrabble realism to the role of a woman who has turned defiance into a protective shield.

| Original Score: B+

January 14, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Walter isn't particularly likable. But to the film's credit, he becomes human.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 14, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bacon's portrait chills to the bone.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A sometimes disturbing yet equally revealing film that examines the motivations of our worst societal outcasts and tries to make some sense of it all.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Intense, intelligent and superbly acted.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 13, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is a gutsy little film, intense and interestingly acted.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

January 13, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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This by turns unsettling and inspiring drama offers no easy answers, let alone identifiable heroes or villains.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 7, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bacon is a strong and subtle actor, something that is often said but insufficiently appreciated. Here he employs all of his art.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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If the trappings feel stilted, the performances keep the film on track.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Revealing moments and Ms. Kassell's solid direction redeem the film's perfunctory script and deliver a film that will make you shiver and also make you think. This one will stay with you.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

January 6, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Bacon's subtle, assured performance keeps us with him every step of the way.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 6, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's Bacon who overcomes all obstacles. This underrated actor, who never got the props he deserved for Mystic River, has found the role of his career.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 6, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This potentially shattering film becomes too comfortable and pat, lacking in menace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Tasteful but not compromised.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The power of The Woodsman is that it's willing to point these men out -- and unwilling to either write them off as cardboard villains or excuse them as poor deprived victims.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Given its genuinely disturbing subject matter, The Woodsman isn't what you would call a crowd pleaser, but it's definitely a work of art.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 24, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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If you're looking for a star of tomorrow, stop at Mos Def. The New York hip-hop artist gives a breakout performance as the morally indignant cop who keeps letting Walter know that he knows what he's doing.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Nicole Kassell's lean, disturbing first film stars Kevin Bacon as a child molester struggling to re-enter society after 12 years in prison.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 23, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Bacon, displaying the commitment essential to taking this part on, has a powerful hold on the role and refuses to let go.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 23, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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If the key to such a film is making the man sympathetic while the crime remains unspeakable, Kassell, Bacon and co-writer Steven Fechter succeed triumphantly.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 23, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Offers a rare and uncommonly compassionate look at pedophilia, a psychological disorder most of us regard with horror and ignorance, and provides Kevin Bacon with the best role of his career.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 23, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is arguably the best performance in [Bacon's] career.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2004
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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An engrossing study of a protagonist who variously inspires pity, clinical interest, fondness, and revulsion -- sometimes all at once.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is dark material, this is depressing, but it's not depressing to see a film that in a very intelligent, thoughtful way examines difficult subjects.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 20, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Overblown melodrama, as muddle-headed as it is palpably sincere.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 16, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Bacon wraps this buttoned-up guilty man in a paranoid daze of angry silence, as if even the most casual conversation about who he is could incriminate him.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

December 15, 2004
David Rooney
Variety
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A stunningly crafted work from first-time feature director Nicole Kassell.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 1, 2004
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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A stunning, difficult film.

February 2, 2004
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