Black Rock (2013)



Critic Consensus: It springs from smarter ideas than your average chase thriller, but ultimately, Black Rock falls back on disappointingly familiar ingredients.

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Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. (c) LD
R (for some strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Black Rock

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20)

'Black Rock' is never dull, but it's hardly the attention-grabbing calling card its creator presumably intended.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Time Out
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The writing tanks while the actors try to stay above water, but nobody leaves a trace on the radar.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
New York Observer
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This is a lean and mean variation on a familiar theme, tense throughout, with some terrific performances.

Full Review… | May 19, 2013
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It seemed that Black Rock might take its very basic premise and use it as a platform to explore larger ideas. But even on its own terms as just a lean-and-mean genre exercise, this one's not all that interesting.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
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Aselton, you sure have a purty mouth, but what are you trying to say?

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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This indie, female-centric riff on "Deliverance" is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
New York Post
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In "Black Rock," everything goes well at first for Sarah(Kate Bosworth) and Louise(Lake Bell) when they travel to a favorite island from their childhood. At least until Louise finds herself ambushed when it turns out that her former friend Abby(Katie Aselton, who also directed) has also been invited. Which makes all three sharing a tent kind of awkward. But blunting the pain of various and sundry betrayals is them unexpectedly encountering Henry(Will Bouvier), another childhood friend. With her second feature "Black Rock," Katie Aselton with determined assurance turns what could have just as easily been another exploitation flick with its suspense and brutal violence into something much more meaningful, capped by a truly memorable final shot. Not only does the movie have a neatly anti-nostalgic mood, but also has quite a lot to say about the bonds of female friendship. And that's not to mention, considering the war references, some thoughtful allegory on that subject, too.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Not every island is a paradise. Good short movie! Black Rock will be slammed by those who deem its survivalist story and "less-is-more" film making as an amateur setback and a non eventful occurrence. It will be praised by those who adore small-scale storytelling and extremely independent film making. You may think it's stupid and boring. I think it was strong and entertaining. Three women who were good friends in the past get back together for the first time since they were kids to spend time on an island called Black Rock. They meet some local hunters and find out they know one of them from when they were children. After inviting them to join them in a few drinks on the beach, the atmosphere changes into one of panic and horror as the situation and friendships are turned on their head in a brutal confrontation.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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At one point in this movie, a character says ''This doesn't feel right.'' I agree.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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