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Wolf Creek Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

The last half is sick. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    54

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    An auspicious debut from first time Aussie writer/director Greg Mclean, film combines the style of cheesy horror films and the flair of classic thrillers.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    As horror movies go, this is a pretty good one.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Wolf Creek, an unusually crisp and boldly shot "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" knockoff, looks as ancient and patterned as a druidic ritual.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Throwback to '70s slasher movies isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for kids. It features gruesome (and, once it begins, relentless) violence implemented by knives, rifles, and brutal beatings. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes (at least until they are attacked by the killer); one couple kisses briefly. On the road, they use filthy gas station bathrooms. Girls scream, escape, fight back, and scream again. Alarming images include bloody faces, threats of rape, bound limbs, gags, blood smears on floors and walls, and a graphic description (with shadowy visual demonstration) of a torture method by which the killer severs a girl's spine but leaves her conscious (he calls it "head on a stick," and says it was practiced in the Vietnam war).

  • Families can talk about the random violence wreaked by an implacable, inexplicably cruel killer. This film takes up a "vintage" aesthetic, recalling low-budget, '70s horror films: what are the appeals of this look and associated class politics (middle class victims, underclass/demented/monstrous killers)? Families can also discuss what it means for a scary movie like this to be based on "actual" events. Do teens believe what they see really happened?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Kidnapping, torture, serial killing.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Once the kids are kidnapped, brutal, grim violence is relentless: by knife, rifle, beating, kicking, and an especially grotesque "" whereby the killer severs a girl's spine.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild kissing between two nice kids; brutal rape threat, pulling off clothes, and crotch fondling by killer.

  • language false5

    Language: Cursing (multiple f-words, as well as derogatory slang).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigarettes and drink; victims are drugged.

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