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Bereavement Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 19, 2012
while Bereavement is certainly a slasher, it is also a film about how monsters are made, in which every character, hero and villain alike, is figured as tragic prey to genes and circumstance.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 19, 2011
Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.2121/10
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 19, 2011
Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick.
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
March 18, 2011
I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 17, 2011
Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 17, 2011
"Bereavement" is cruel and unusual.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Bereavement -- miraculously as dull as its title -- is neither far gone enough to be funny nor well thought-out enough to be disturbing.
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John Anderson
March 9, 2011
Virtually every shot in Bereavement -- a sort of prequel to Mena's Malevolence (2005) -- is the right one; the editing, also by Mena, is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2011
The film is so laughably Freudian it could play as a parody of certain acclaimed horror film studies such as Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Horror Film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
"Bereavement" isn't a bad slasher film, but after a few stabs (no pun intended) at being something more, it settles for being just a slasher film. And that's disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
March 4, 2011
In this deliberately paced horror movie, a big-city teen homes in on the darkness at the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, with grim results.
March 3, 2011
It truly plays like one person's nightmarish descent into a world of total madness. It gives you a feel for who Martin Bristol is and why he's so lethal. On that level the film is a complete success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
March 3, 2011
Bereavement is one nasty piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
February 25, 2011
It's difficult to care about people who are all stupid to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dustin Putman
February 24, 2011
A character-centric thriller signifying Mena's progression as a filmmaker even as it doesn't quite retain the same home-grown charm and earnestness of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
February 20, 2011
Though Mena refers to his sadistically sliced up female brisket as therapeutic, there's a line between calming viewer fears, and titillating them. While human chopped meat served up raw making you go vegetarian, isn't exactly relished food for thought.
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