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Black Rock Reviews

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Matt Pais
RedEye
May 16, 2013
Genre pieces can be straightforward but shouldn't confuse shallowness with efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 16, 2013
It sets up this distaff-Deliverance scenario much better than it pays it off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Rocchi
The Playlist
May 15, 2013
Black Rock isn't going to become the sort of classic that Deliverance was, but if you like your scares smart, and like them to happen to people you actually care about, then Aselton's island of friendship and fury is a nice place to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
May 15, 2013
Aselton's unassuming guilty pleasure gently diverges from a familiar scenario with impressively tense results.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
Black Rock upends most American action films' nativist impulses, but it never settles into satirizing or transcending them.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 14, 2013
A soundtrack of churning rock songs by the Kills is as close as this misfire gets to authentic grrrl power, borrowed as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 14, 2013
Considering the credits, we expected something better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2013
Layered conflicts mount as this lean film treks on, and they're not limited to gender politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 29, 2012
despite the occasional mismatch between the human drama and more genre-bound concerns, for the most part Black Rock is a tense, atmospheric and engaging affair, with an existential edge.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 25, 2012
Works perfectly fine as a traditional fight-for-survival chiller, but the underlying gender issues give this would-be midnight-movie offering an extra jolt.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2012
Working from a ruthlessly efficient script by husband Mark Duplass, Aselton effortlessly sets up the women's reunion scenario before effectively flipping the action from drama to thriller.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Straining to be a distaff "Deliverance," indie thriller Black Rock is unable to shock, much less convince.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 24, 2012
The shotgun wedding of mumblecore and bare-bones genre filmmaking is promising in theory, but lackluster and surprisingly generic in practice.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 24, 2012
Black Rock is well-acted, and contains a couple of memorable scenes, but for the most part this is a blah buddy dramedy that transforms into a blah chase thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Gilchrist
ShockTillYouDrop.com
January 24, 2012
Black Rock makes subtle changes that distinguish it as a marginally more thoughtful stalking killer movie, but horror fans will find its twists and turns too familiar to leave a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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