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The Woodsman Reviews

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January 10, 2018
Often cast in high-energy, borderline manic roles, Bacon creates here a sad, lank-haired, introverted character who doesn't fish for sympathy and, for that very reason, and against all odds, ends up winning it.
April 29, 2009
A really intelligent and amazing piece of real filmmaking...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 16, 2009
Debut director Nicole Kassell compassionately explores the troubled psyche of a former pedophile struggling with inner demons and external obstacles to lead a normal life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 26, 2007
A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances.
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November 14, 2005
(...) Aśn con su intensidad a medio camino, The Woodsman es un drama maduro, desafiante y revelador de lo que estamos dispuestos a tolerar y/o a perdonar (nos) los seres humanos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2005
deals with one disturbing phenomenon in an honest and humane way
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 26, 2005
There's certainly a sensitivity and intelligence that went into this psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 22, 2005
Look past the seemingly unpleasant subject matter and you'll be able to appreciate this insightful character study quite easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2005
A lean and unapologetic piece about a type of person too often rendered in simplistic 'monster' colors.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 30, 2005
An uneasy, sometimes difficult film to watch - rare at the movies these days. But as a study in pedophilia, there is plenty to be said for the conversation it ignites.
| Original Score: B+
March 6, 2005
... not full of uplift, but it has about it a kind of unholy truth, a worrying seed that isn't rinsed away in a triumphant final act.
Read More | Original Score: A
February 18, 2005
It's a brave choice for an actor, a masterful balancing act by Bacon that makes The Woodsman as insightful as it is disquieting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2005
Kevin Bacon makes you feel something unexpected: sympathy for a pedophile.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2005
Bacon, who's a tragically underrated actor, unpeels Walter in layers that are by turns creepy, fascinating, poignant and disturbing.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2005
The Woodsman is a difficult movie to watch, but it's one that cannot be turned away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2005
The Woodsman does not offer a pleasant night at the movies, but it does provide a thought-provoking experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2005
This astonishingly accomplished first feature by director and co-writer Nicole Kassell, with an unnerving performance by Kevin Bacon, will haunt you for days.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2005
As distasteful as the concept may be, it's approached with surprising sensitivity and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2005
Unfolds in exactly the way you expect a sensitive Sundance indie to handle this distasteful subject matter...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2005
Kevin Bacon delivers a haunting performance in Nicole Kassell's impressive feature-directorial debut "The Woodsman." **
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