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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.

Movie Info

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) LDmore
Rating: R (for some strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Duplass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2013
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Critic Reviews for Black Rock

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19)

'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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

This is a lean and mean variation on a familiar theme, tense throughout, with some terrific performances.

Full Review… | May 19, 2013
Top Critic

A tight-fisted little piece of gender-centric survival horror.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

Black Rock is a simplistic, predictable thriller that fails to become engaging thanks to idiotic characters and a by the numbers approach that has the audience two steps ahead of them.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
We Got This Covered

This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Black Rock

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

Super Reviewer


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

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


Sarah: It's gonna be so good guys. Just the three of us.

Black Rock is an incredibly simplistic thriller, which finds three women fighting for their lives after circumstances lead to them to dealing with some deadly individuals. The film is not terribly deep, as it is basically an extended period of setup, followed by standard chase thriller plot machinations, but it does reach points of effective, high stakes drama, matched with adequate filmmaking. Having females working together and playing against certain standards in regards to these types of films is notable as well. However, there are also many other genre stereotypes at play, along with a lack of logic in some instances. Given how minimal the story is overall, it works on an overall level of satisfaction, but I have seen other, similar films (The Decent), which make much better use of the ideas on display.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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