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Backcountry Reviews

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July 16, 2020
Adam MacDonald shows skill in building suspense and highlighting character development. And Missy Peregrym shows a lot promise as an actress. I hope to see more of both sometime down the line.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 14, 2019
While Backcountry is a completely different beast of a film, it should be admired for how well it pulls off such a familiar genre.
May 1, 2019
The story works as an allegorical view of masculinity's destructive elements, using a bear as a symbol of the dangers in letting such elements take hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2019
Lascivious Irishmen, poor communication, lonely park rangers and bears: armed with these few devices MacDonald gamely shows us how a romantic camping trip gone wrong is no walk in the woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 8, 2019
No film in recent memory better depicts how adventurous urbanites get into trouble outdoors than Backcountry, a tense Canadian thriller from Andrew MacDonald.
November 4, 2018
Enticing wilderness survival thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 10, 2018
The anxiety is palpable and various threats are immediately recognizable, communicating how illusory the concept of control is, and how frightening it can be when it's lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2018
If you can get through the film's slowly unfolding portrayal of a troubled relationship, you'll be rewarded, as it were, by an effective wilderness thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 23, 2017
For what it intends to do, BACKCOUNTRY is an almost perfectly realized film, making the best of its humble budget and exploiting its stunning locations to maximum effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2016
Backcountry ultimately feels like a short film that's been clumsily expanded to a feature-length running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 3, 2016
Backcountry will make some think twice about going into the woods for vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 3, 2016
The film's main source of anxiety remains the lone, terrified figure, thoroughly unprepared for the savage beast who attacks, and faced at last by an uncaring natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 3, 2016
MacDonald does a nice job of building up to an emotional finale that doesn't betray his dedication to brutal realism.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2016
Given that most killer bear movies are either intentionally cheesy or unwittingly inept, it's nice to see a new one that takes the concept seriously and forgoes easy splatter in favor of some strong, simple, sustained suspense.
November 12, 2015
Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, as the philosopher Sam Elliott said. Backcountry succeeds by not straying far from that core belief.
September 8, 2015
Somewhere around the mid-point the wide open spaces they're traversing close in around them to become an oppressive and claustrophobic nightmare.
August 28, 2015
Backcountry thrives in the close-quarter details: the verbal knife-pricks of a dying relationship, the jangling impact of the smallest sounds breaking silence, that dread certainty that you're completely lost and it's getting dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2015
The result is 90 straight minutes of rising tension, never so much relieved as occasionally back-pedalled to take another mad run at Alex and Jenn and us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2015
MacDonald does quite well in his dramatic feature debut with solid performances from the cast. Backcountry is satisfyingly intense, although quite gory in patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2015
The first hour of Adam Macdonald's feature debut is a nicely drawn two-hander between Peregrym and Roop's young lovers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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