The Woodsman
The Woodsman (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kevin Bacon's performance as a pedophile who is trying to start fresh has drawn raves from critics, who have praised the Woodsman as compelling, creepy, complex and well-crafted.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A lean and unapologetic piece about a type of person too often rendered in simplistic 'monster' colors.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A really intelligent and amazing piece of real filmmaking...

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

[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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A flawed film that's well worth seeing.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

An involving, intense but ultimately confused portrait.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It is both difficult to watch and compelling.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A child molester adjusts to post-prison life and falls in love with a co-worker. I applaud Kevin Bacon's choice because this is a ballsy role for a star… More
Drew Smith
The Woodsman asks a lot of its viewers, and I think it grapples with the issue of pedophilia in a much more organic and realistic way than Little Children did.… More
Kevin M. Williams
Kevin Bacon, not a name usually dropped in conversations about great actors, delivers a tightfisted, bravura performance in this conventionally unconventional… More
Lady D'arbanville
Whilst taking on a theme that people usually unite together in hatred against, Kevin Bacon takes on the brave part in possibly his best performance of his… More
Cynthia S.
Slow and understated, probably to show the struggles of a very troubled soul, this film offers much to contemplate. There are no easy answers in an issue like… More
Arash Xak
Deals with a difficult subject in a difficult and different way, I don't recommend this to anyone because it's disturbing sometimes, specially the… More