Werewolf Reviews

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March 1, 2019
Werewolf is a beautiful look at what people can do under the most gruesome of circumstances.
August 26, 2018
The film is at many times hard to watch, but its nuanced character development makes it a story worth telling.
August 3, 2018
Emotionally disturbing and authentic, this is a film that exemplifies the potential of the woman behind the camera by showing the potential of a woman in a harrowing circumstance taking the first steps toward recovery.
March 8, 2018
Scene by scene, what McKenzie is after is capturing the process of a young woman walling herself off from sentimental appeal in order to save her own life, steeling herself for the long walk away from the wreck of her man.
March 2, 2018
Werewolf is a wowser.
March 2, 2018
Her characters are a little too blank to sustain interest through an entire film, but this modest indie generates a haunting mood of 21st-century despair.
February 28, 2018
The performers don't seem like they're acting at all, which contributes to the film's unsettling power.
February 28, 2018
Werewolf unmistakably announces McKenzie as a potentially significant new voice, gifted enough to make well-trod ground seem newly landscaped.
February 27, 2018
Its story may be thin, its characters not particularly original, but McKenzie's use of cinematic language is savvy and novel, finding complexity where others might find only emptiness.
February 26, 2018
Working with the cinematographer Scott Moore, McKenzie frames her characters with a radical obliqueness, visually conveying their wounded tenderness and stifled fury and evoking mortal struggles with minuscule gestures.
February 25, 2018
The film achieves a strange irony, as its formal abstractions serve to heighten our emotional connection to the characters.
September 28, 2017
The finely gradated interactions between the protagonists and different representatives of various institutional establishments place empathy and ambivalence side by side.
June 7, 2017
Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf is one of the strongest Canadian films you'll see this year.
June 2, 2017
McKenzie doesn't stoop to deliver a pat happy ending, and even the moderately upbeat final scene features an oddly discordant note in the score that suggests not all is well.
June 2, 2017
In plumbing the pitch black, Werewolf offers the distinct hope of a brighter future - at least, a brighter future for Canadian cinema.
June 1, 2017
McKenzie has effectively drawn us in, although lack of narrative makes the film frustratingly slow in spots.
May 9, 2017
The performances are sufficiently unflattering as to seem real. That's good for the actors, but not good for the audience.
February 10, 2017
A stark, disquieting portrait of a pair of recovering drug addicts trying to scrape by in the suburban wilderness of Cape Breton Island.
October 12, 2016
The film's close-ups are relentless to a fault, but they (and the young actors) also convey the director's unsparing compassion for sickly spirits that can be here and gone in the blink of an eye.
September 27, 2016
McKenzie needs us to be mad at the situation. At its core the idea of the poor is and always should be an issue about people - human beings.
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