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Backcountry Reviews

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April 1, 2015
Backcountry may zig instead of zag from its facile setup, but even the payoff doesn't stand out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2015
After a surprising development, the film grows slack and sentimental, reverting to the survival-movie platitude about hardship making you a better human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2015
Backcountry is simply another paranoid cinematic reminder that exiting the beaten path is a course best avoided - or, at least, one that also requires taking some basic, common-sense precautions beforehand.
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
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
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
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
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
March 19, 2015
Backcountry is potent in its moments of sheer animal panic, reminding the viewer that humans, for all our advanced technology and intellectual vanity, are powerless against the faceless cruelty of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2015
MacDonald elevates Backcountry by couching what turns out to be a keenly observed relationship drama inside a horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 28, 2015
These types of creature-feature horror movies are a dime a dozen, but writer-director Adam MacDonald proves there's life left in the genre with his tense and terrifying thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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 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
November 4, 2014
Backcountry is a blood-soaked campfire treat that confidently hits on nature's unpredictable fury and features a brilliant turn by Missy Peregrym as a bruised, battered and beaten survivalist.
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.
February 10, 2015
The vicarious thrills of getting lost in the cinematic wilderness have apparently yet to be exhausted.
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
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.
March 24, 2015
I already think twice about going in the ocean thanks to 'Open Water' and now I'll have the same problem with camping courtesy of this disturbingly brilliant feature directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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