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Black Rock Reviews

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Monica Castillo
Bitch Media
May 10, 2016
Black Rock is much more complex than your average run-of-the-mill "run from danger, pretty lady" kind of movie.
Scott Weinberg
August 24, 2015
A tight-fisted little piece of gender-centric survival horror.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
July 2, 2013
This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 27, 2013
We've seen Duplass write scripts that break cinema conventions like this, but who knew that his actress wife Aselton would turn out to be an equally innovative director?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
June 22, 2013
[An] earthy, woodsy throwback thriller ...
Anton Bitel
June 21, 2013
Katie Aselton's survival thriller sets its themes of time's passage, unresolved history and reluctant coming of age within a gripping island-set genre frame. It's like Lord Of The Flies for arrested adults.
Rich Cline
June 21, 2013
First-time filmmaker Aselton creates one of the most assured thrillers in recent memory, throwing finely developed characters into a very nasty situation that makes us squirm in our seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
June 20, 2013
Slender, but committed: even Kate Bosworth, as the girls' team leader, forswears her usual lipgloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 19, 2013
It's Aselton and Bell who really impress, their characters providing the glue of credibility that prevents the increasingly overwrought situation from coming apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
June 19, 2013
Engaging, gripping and tightly constructed thriller with a sharp script, effective action sequences and strong performances from all three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 18, 2013
'Black Rock' is never dull, but it's hardly the attention-grabbing calling card its creator presumably intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
May 23, 2013
While not exactly the most dangerous game, Black Rock is a decent, punctuated gender battle which flys by quick enough to keep viewers at attention for a predictable yet watchable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Glenn Lovell
May 22, 2013
... a feminist reworking of 'Most Dangerous Game' and 'Deliverance,' with the friends soon stripped down and armed, like a tribe of Amazonian huntresses ... has the visceral appeal of early Kathryn Bigelow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
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
Robert Levin
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
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
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
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
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