The Woodsman
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After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lean and unapologetic piece about a type of person too often rendered in simplistic 'monster' colors."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"To watch this picture is to feel, and what you're feeling is an intense swirl of conflicting emotions -- disturbed, creeped-out, sorry, and, yes, even moved."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A really intelligent and amazing piece of real filmmaking..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"(...) Aún con su intensidad a medio camino, The Woodsman es un drama maduro, desafiante y revelador de lo que estamos dispuestos a tolerar y/o a perdonar (nos) los seres humanos."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Look past the seemingly unpleasant subject matter and you'll be able to appreciate this insightful character study quite easily."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"[Ms. Kassell and Mr. Fechter] trick up Walter's character with so many conflicting moods and impulses and then place him within a post-prison society that is itself alternately oppressive and permissive."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A flawed film that's well worth seeing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Debut director Nicole Kassell compassionately explores the troubled psyche of a former pedophile struggling with inner demons and external obstacles to lead a normal life."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"deals with one disturbing phenomenon in an honest and humane way"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"An uneasy, sometimes difficult film to watch - rare at the movies these days. But as a study in pedophilia, there is plenty to be said for the conversation it ignites."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"An involving, intense but ultimately confused portrait."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It is both difficult to watch and compelling."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"There's certainly a sensitivity and intelligence that went into this psychodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... not full of uplift, but it has about it a kind of unholy truth, a worrying seed that isn't rinsed away in a triumphant final act."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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