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 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
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.
January 3, 2019
The Kentucky-set Rust Creek is able to catch our attention from the very get-go as this indie starts off the new year in thrilling fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2019
A gripping indie thriller -- skillfully made, well-acted, and poignant in ways you don't anticipate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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