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Black Rock Reviews

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May 22, 2013
The writing tanks while the actors try to stay above water, but nobody leaves a trace on the radar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 20, 2013
Perhaps Aselton is unfamiliair enough with genre history to believe she is blazing a virgin trail through not just the picturesque forest of her island location but the gruesome thickets of her violent narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2013
This is a lean and mean variation on a familiar theme, tense throughout, with some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 19, 2013
An exploitation thriller with feminist overtones - ala "I Spit on Your Grave," but nowhere nearly as gutsy - "Black Rock" disappoints on various levels.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 17, 2013
Efficient thriller that's practically a feature-length evocation of Thomas Hobbes' notion of life in nature: "nasty, brutish and short."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2013
The concept is there, but a movie like this needs a much more polished execution that "Black Rock" gets.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 17, 2013
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
It feels amateurish, as though it was made up as they went along. The violence - because that's what most of the action consists of - feels phony.
May 17, 2013
Aselton, you sure have a purty mouth, but what are you trying to say?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2013
This indie, female-centric riff on "Deliverance" is spare, smartly written and shot through with moments of twig-snapping tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2013
It works because Aselton and Bell turn in wildly physical, primal performances. You do not want to mess with these women. "Black Rock" is ferocious stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2013
It's a very short experience but one that hits its beats with a sense of urgency and a feeling of helplessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2013
The male characters here are too thinly developed for this to be a top-notch survival thriller, but Ms. Aselton knows how to get the pulse pounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2013
Unexpectedly sturdy in some ways, shaky in others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2013
Nifty little genre gem with its share of surprises has three damsel campers in distress on an isolated island they didn't know they'd be sharing with three hunters back from overseas battle and with too much fight left in them.
May 16, 2013
Turns out Aselton doesn't have much to say other than that women will fight for their lives as tenaciously as men, which is not exactly news.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2013
Maybe it's a parody?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2013
The what-if scenario that incites the action of "Black Rock" is captivating but Aselton and co-writer/husband Mark Duplass don't build on that scenario enough to make the venture successful overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
May 16, 2013
"Black Rock" is as dingy and dirty as the genre thrillers it appears to want to one-up. All it does, though, is bring everyone down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 16, 2013
irector Katie Aselton's film is actually pretty interesting, starting with the way Aselton handles the violence, and what she does and doesn't choose to emphasize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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