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Eden Lake Reviews

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Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 12, 2008
Dispiriting and unpleasant, a trip to Eden Lake will leave most viewers feeling the need for a hot shower and a tetanus jab.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
September 12, 2008
Frustratingly, there is potential in Watkins' claustrophobic, back-to-nature setting, but, in trying to play 'edgy' with contemporary anxieties, his cooked-to-formula script merely sinks to the level of the gutter press exploiting those fears.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 26, 2016
...it's hard to deny that the ultra-downbeat finale feels needlessly mean-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 12, 2008
For all the brutality of the confrontation with knife-weilding, car-nicking local scum - think Stanley knives gouging out tongues - it's never far off ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
September 12, 2008
It is not often that The Sneak feels like walking out of a movie. But this exploitative, patronising and nauseatingly violent take on Britain's yob culture had your critic eyeing up the exit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
Works exceedingly well, and will probably stick in your gut for a little while.
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.
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 18, 2008
A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 12, 2008
Eden Lake: pursuit, persecution, violent death.
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 12, 2008
Daily Mail scaremongering? Possibly. But formidably well-made, all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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
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
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
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
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
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
Top Critic
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.
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
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