Black Rock


Black Rock

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 57


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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


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Critic Reviews for Black Rock

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (28)

  • Slender, but committed: even Kate Bosworth, as the girls' team leader, forswears her usual lipgloss.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • A formulaic dirge, further let down by a lack of the shocks, scares and interesting characterisations.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Black Rock' is never dull, but it's hardly the attention-grabbing calling card its creator presumably intended.

    Jun 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The writing tanks while the actors try to stay above water, but nobody leaves a trace on the radar.

    May 22, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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

    May 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 17, 2013 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

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Audience Reviews for Black Rock

  • Jul 10, 2017
    Not very original, but, very powerful. At least, very powerful for a genre debut starring Kate Bosworth.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2014
    The indie horror film Black Rock delivers some intense scares, but is a little light on character and story. When three childhood friends reunion for a girls' weekend camping trip they end up crossing a group of hunters that are out for blood. Starring Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton, the film has some talent. And the directing is remarkably gritty, which creates a lot of atmospheric tension. But not much time is given to developing the characters, which makes it hard to connect with them. Yet despite its weaknesses, Black Rock has some frightening moments and some terrifying chills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    Decent little gender-swapping <i>Deliverance</i> indie from a screenplay by Mark Duplass and both directed & co-starring his <i>The League</i> alum Katie Aselton. There's a little originality as three girlfriends intend to spend a weekend on an island they frequented as children until they run afoul of some dishonorably discharged military men out on a hunting trip, but not enough to give a full-fledged recommendation. Like, the opening half hour in particular is, like, rough sledding as we, like, have to listen to these, like, grown women, like, babble like they're, like, fifteen again. After Kate Bosworth's character lies about having a disease to get her way, it takes a near-fatal encounter to get back on her side again. Most noteworthy moment has Lake Bell giving an extremely convincing teeth-chattering evocation of hypothermia.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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