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Wendigo Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 23, 2002
The ending doesn't work ... but most of the movie works so well I'm almost recommending it, anyway -- maybe not to everybody, but certainly to people with a curiosity about how a movie can go very right, and then step wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 18, 2002
It follows the Blair Witch formula for an hour, in which we're told something creepy and vague is in the works, and then it goes awry in the final 30 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
... a post-modern pop scare show that doesn't quite work.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Venable
June 28, 2002
The acting is just fine, but there's not enough substance here to sustain interest for the full 90 minutes, especially with the weak payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jurgen Fauth
October 16, 2003
This blend art house and horror won't satisfy either audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Johnson
March 9, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
On the right track to something that's creepy and effective . . . It's just going to take more than a man in a Bullwinkle costume to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 14, 2003
When an ominous Indian who can be seen only by the child arrives and talks about an evil creature in the woods, things start to go down hill.
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Tim Sanger
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Wendigo wants to be a monster movie for the art-house crowd, but it falls into the trap of pretention almost every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 23, 2002
According to Wendigo, 'nature' loves the members of the upper class almost as much as they love themselves.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
February 15, 2002
No amount of arty theorizing -- the special effects are 'German-Expressionist,' according to the press notes -- can render it anything but laughable.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 21, 2002
If this dud had been made in the '70s, it would have been called The Hills Have Antlers and played for about three weeks in drive-ins.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andy Klein
New Times
February 28, 2002
Fessenden continues to do interesting work, and it would be nice to see what he could make with a decent budget. But the problem with Wendigo, for all its effective moments, isn't really one of resources.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Fessenden has nurtured his metaphors at the expense of his narrative, but he does display an original talent.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
The two leads are almost good enough to camouflage the dopey plot, but so much naturalistic small talk, delivered in almost muffled exchanges, eventually has a lulling effect.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 30, 2002
Creates a genuinely creepy atmosphere and features some strong performances, but...it deteriorates down the stretch and closes on an ambiguous note.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 10, 2002
This film is only scary if you're afraid of artfully self-conscious, grainy cinematography.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
February 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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