Rust Creek Reviews

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January 18, 2019
Under McGowan's restrained direction, "Rust Creek" is an impressive example of good storytelling overriding budget and star power.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 17, 2019
Watching Rust Creek, a realization dawns at how rare and refreshing it is to see a capable, strong everywoman portrayed in an escape thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 14, 2019
Rust Creek lays out a web of corruption in its multi-faceted approach to the survival thriller, diminishing genre conventions with its raw style.
January 12, 2019
A modest but involving rural-captivity tale.
January 11, 2019
But for all its female tenacity and curious potential pairing, Rust Creek proves far too formulaic to generate tension.
January 11, 2019
But Rust Creek cuts deeper when it requires that we-and the heroine, for that matter-rethink the hillbilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
January 10, 2019
Fighting off a bunch of backwoods yokels is nothing new to horror movies, but somehow Rust Creek makes this old tale feel fresh and tense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 10, 2019
Director Jen McGowan and screenwriter Julie Lipson take too leisurely of an approach to a story that should be more taut, but the attention they pay to characters and setting makes a difference in how the movie plays out.
January 8, 2019
Rust Creek, in addition to its success as a thriller, also has a strong emotional core in its consistent admonishment of amorality and apathy, a deceptively layered thriller that touches upon the inherent horror in being a woman.
January 7, 2019
Rust Creek begins like a cautionary tale that might be whispered in hushed tones at the fraught end of a long girls night.
January 7, 2019
Although there are times when the story meanders, two aspects remain strong throughout: the committed performance by lead actress Hermione Corfield and the vivid images captured by the lens of cinematographer Michelle Lawler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2019
Screenwriter Julie Lipson's well-written, naturalistic dialogue helps pass the time, as does Michelle Lawler's lovely scenic cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 4, 2019
What's great about Lipson's script is that she doesn't make even a passing attempt to transform this story into a romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2019
I found myself more invested in the ins and outs of the drug trade in Kentucky than the plight of the woman who got stuck in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 4, 2019
Rust Creek just wants to tell a lean, mean, and razor sharp story, which they do, without question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2019
Julie Lipson's screenplay ... isn't content to simply provide another foray into a tale of survival against the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2019
It's not a tightly constructed endeavor, which hurts it in the long run, but the movie has a vision for something different while still tending to expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 3, 2019
Although there are points at which the action moves a little too slowly, overall this is an impressive example of how to do a lot with a little, making the most of the actors and the setting to tell as story that understands hunting as it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2019
...what looks on the surface to be a film we've seen a thousand times, turns out to be a multi-layered, multifaceted convolution of curve balls and metaphor.
January 3, 2019
It's tight without being punishing, and its humor takes you happily by surprise.
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