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Eden Lake Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
Works exceedingly well, and will probably stick in your gut for a little while.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 4, 2013
A solid horror thriller worthy of a watch, if only for its insight in to how easily the hive mentality can be formed, and how merciless it can be.
Lucius Gore
December 22, 2008
Well acted, well directed, and totally intense, 'Eden Lake' is the best horror film to come out of the UK in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
November 3, 2008
An effectively harrowing Brit thriller-cum-horror pic whose yuppie protags' weekend getaway runs violently afoul of the local youth.
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
A well acted, smartly directed horror flick that's gory, disturbing, terrifying and topical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 18, 2008
A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
October 13, 2008
...while Eden Lake is effective, something feels not quite right about cheering for prepubescent kids to get their fatal comeuppance.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 12, 2008
It is impossible not to admire the way Watkins ratchets up the tension in his debut as director (he wrote My Little Eye) and keeps his tale strictly to 90 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 12, 2008
Daily Mail scaremongering? Possibly. But formidably well-made, all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 12, 2008
Eden Lake: pursuit, persecution, violent death.

Daily Mirror (UK)
September 12, 2008
It's not long before the claret starts to flow. And it won't be too long before you start eyeing the exit sign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
September 12, 2008
It doesn't fight shy of a truly frightening final twist, which makes it not only bleaker but also more truthful than virtually every other movie in this genre, which all too often is over-populated and under-humanised.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 12, 2008
This looks to me like the best British horror film in years: nasty, scary and tight as a drum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
September 12, 2008
It's a claustrophobic marvel, and an impressive debut by Watkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2008
So harsh, bleak and intense it achieves a level of raw power. A sordid little nightmare of contemporary England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 12, 2008
The film's one major fault is that Reilly's character repeatedly acts in ways that serve the plot, but which run contrary to rational human behaviour. By contrast, the shattering downbeat ending is well earned and genuinely shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Victor Olliver
September 11, 2008
Instead of Deliverance's deep backwoods hicks we have now backwoods chavs who live a life unscrutinised by cops or anyone. Watkins has consumed all those tabloid hoodie tales and regurgitated a horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2008
You don't watch it, you survive it. A battering experience, and the hardest Brit horror in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 5, 2008
if it gets people talking about youth violence, class conflict and the gulf of social inequality in Britain, then all the better - and if it does not, at least it will give them a frightening, albeit derivative, ride.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 4, 2008
Has some seriously haunting themes torn right from the headlines, giving us something thoughtful to chew on. Besides our fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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