The Survivalist
The Survivalist (2017)

A time of starvation. The Survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him and he is beginning… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 19, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Survivalist's deliberate pace pays gripping dividends with a tautly told post-apocalyptic drama that offers some uniquely thought-provoking twists.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

You'll leave completely rapt.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

Fingleton's spare, striking debut feature takes a minimalist approach to the post-apocalyptic thriller.

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John Petkovic
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Who knows how it will end, if it will at all. But we do know this: The Survivalist rolls out a uniquely personal vision and makes for a stellar debut by Irish writer-director Stephen Fingleton.

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Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

eerie and masterful ... as riveting as it is morally confounding.

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Craig D. Lindsey
Village Voice

Both dire and oddly poetic.

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

It's not a fun film, but it is a tensely thrilling one.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Impressively lean and rigidly controlled, "The Survivalist" achieves, at times, the primitive allure of a silent movie.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

A post-apocalyptic drama as stripped-down as its title suggests, The Survivalist envisions end times in which each encounter with a new human entails a hard calculus of risk versus advantage.

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Todd Jorgenson

This deliberately paced post-apocalyptic thriller rewards patience with a character-based approach that gradually builds suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
Really stunning. White knuckled gripping intensity. A very bare movie, minimal in characters, locations, and dialogue and yet far more raw in intensity than a… More
Kevin M. Williams
The story: a guy living in the woods during some hard times. That's pretty much it. But so beautifully told that what's laid bare before the end are… More