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      The Woman

      R Released Oct 14, 2011 1 hr. 42 min. Horror List
      73% 51 Reviews Tomatometer 55% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A lawyer (Sean Bridgers) puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member (Pollyanna McIntosh) of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 26 Buy Now

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      Strange, audacious, and aggressive, The Woman is an uneven horror flick that game viewers with a wildly bloody finale.

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      Anne-Laure M I'm still not sure whether I like it or not, but it definitely made an impression on me. It's disconcerting to see such an accurate analysis of the bonds between women from a male director. Without any word, they understand each other thanks to the very intense still shots of their gazes, a very interesting approach. They move from fear to the curiosity of meeting a wild (and totally emancipated) woman, and then a kind of sisterhood is established as the story progresses. The female characters are intelligently written. However, all the male roles are categorized as brutes, which is, in my opinion, the most negative point of this film for such a lack of nuance. It's worth noting that, despite some very gory situations, they're not really seen on screen but just implied, which I appreciated. Pollyanna McIntosh, whom I didn't know before this film, is stunning and definitely an actress to keep an eye on. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Predictable but well executed build-up and nails the ending with a well earned dose of comeuppance. Maybe one too many subplots, but not really. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review william d Very weird. In a good way if you're a horror fan. Excellent performances by Pollyanna McIntosh and Sean Bridgers as the wild woman and the psycho, domineering father respectively. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review daniele u La selvaggia che vive nel fiume ha la frangetta. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Aside from the horrifically violent and depraved misogynistic behavior that becomes increasingly harder to watch as the movie goes on, there is actually a couple of other themes/morals I got out of it too. Namely 'the oppression of ones individuality' and 'how our actions can influence others'. But again this is just my interpretation, and personally I would rate this film a bit higher if some of the other elements made more sense. To sum it up, I got what the movie was trying to do, but it just ended up being a bit of a nasty mess...in more ways than one Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review james g What a visceral experience! And it's not until the last 1/3rd that you realize you're watching torture porn, a genre not for me. But I must hand it to all involved as I was hooked into a good story. I have VERY mixed feelings but I do try to include aspects of objectivity in my reviews by including ratings of various aspects of a movie. I could easily rate this one star as there were repulsive elements. But I could rate this very high because this one is impossible to forget. So>>> The Horror - 4 stars: A person is held captive and is subject to complete control by a family (a father, mother, teen boy about 15 y/o , teen girl about 16 y/o, and a girl child perhaps 5 years old). The captive is a 'feral wild woman'. But if you've ever been in a hospital or a wheelchair or are claustrophobic or are frightened by nutcases, you'll be afraid here. But it's torture porn. The Hook/Pace - 2 stars: great opener and moves okay (the middle of the film is a bit slow) until the last half hour and this then takes off like a bat out of hell. BUT, personally, I stopped the DVD twice as I was overwhelmed. The Jumps - 2 stars: Some very good ones but for me the best jumps are when you don't see everything, and oh, you see it all here. Besides, this is torture porn, a genre I despise. The Film - 2 stars: I liked the music. I didn't care much for the performances (other than Pollyanna McIntosh as The Woman, she's amazing) nor the reliance on gore. And did I mention I don't like torture porn? The End - 2 stars: You do get a payoff and it's what you expect, and what you might need to feel like maybe watching this film was worth it. BUT, I am not sure about the final ten seconds or so. Do people change, or don't they, or might they? SUMMARY - 2.4. This is indeed horror, and it shocks. It's hard to believe this movie is ten years old and I've never heard of it and that it feels as if it were made today. But no matter what, I can't think of a single person I'd recommend this to, under any circumstances. A grueling watch. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Rob Nelson Variety Calculatedly ugly and undeservedly controversial. Jan 4, 2012 Full Review Maggie Lee Hollywood Reporter Not only is it banal in a kitchen sink way, it's just a reiteration of the same argument. Dec 8, 2011 Full Review Ty Burr Boston Globe Subtle as a mugging and gleefully outrageous, "The Woman'' is a feminist parable disguised as a sicko midnight horror movie. Rated: 2/4 Nov 27, 2011 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com A violent, disturbing skewering of the heteropatriarchy and the subjugation of women defining the inherent misogyny of intergenerational subjugation. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 25, 2020 Full Review Naila Scargill Exquisite Terror An interesting statement on misogyny, albeit subtle as a sledgehammer-but then, this is from Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum. Feb 28, 2019 Full Review J Hurtado ScreenAnarchy Starts off with a whimper and ends with a bang, as all good horror films should. Nov 6, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A lawyer (Sean Bridgers) puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member (Pollyanna McIntosh) of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
      Director
      Lucky McKee
      Executive Producer
      Frank Olsen, Loren Semmens
      Screenwriter
      Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee
      Distributor
      The Collective
      Production Co
      Modernciné
      Rating
      R (Disturbing Behavior|A Rape|Torture|Language|Some Graphic Nudity|Strong Bloody Violence)
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 14, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
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