Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel Bernardi
    Every single performance is the result of a cast that has gone to the far reaches of acting ability and even exceeded them.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Easily one of the most brutally realistic horror movies since the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974).
  3. 80
    Full of clever reversals, brief triumphs and bitter setbacks, Wolf Creek is consummately well-crafted, unapologetically vicious and leavened with moments of humor that merely intensify the horror.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Essentially a worst-case-scenario white-knuckler executed with terrifically focused skill and realism.
  5. 80
    Holiday counterprogramming at its finest. This gut-churning horror indie is based on true stories of tourists disappearing in the vast Australian outback... This scared the hell out of me.
  6. 75
    What makes Wolf Creek so effective is not its originality (which, let's face it, is practically non-existent), or even its amount of gore (the violence is implied more often than it's shown), but the ways in which McLean tweaks the usual formulas, so what you think is going to happen next almost never does.
  7. 75
    Director McLean doesn't let up on the suspense, which builds to an electrifying climax that is greatly abetted by Will Gibson's gritty cinematography and Francois Tetaz' nerves-inducing score.
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    What's Christmas Day without a good serial killer movie?
  9. While Wolf Creek has clunky moments, when you want to slap the idiot prey until they wake up, the movie embraces a minimalism that feels refreshingly old-school in a field of slasher films drunk on self-referential wisecracks and narrative tricks. And Jarrat's jolly-creepy performance might place Mick in the pantheon of great movie killers.
  10. 70
    Wolf Creek is the kind of well-executed sleazefest that makes audiences feel not just creeped-out but downright dirty, as if it would take a three-hour-long shower just to wash all the grit and grease away.
  11. Writer-director Greg McLean, who has many shorts and commercials under his belt, makes a significant feature debut here, with unapologetic horror that doesn't compromise.
  12. Wolf Creek, an unusually crisp and boldly shot "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" knockoff, looks as ancient and patterned as a druidic ritual.
  13. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    As horror movies go, this is a pretty good one.
  14. 63
    Wolf Creek is ultimately all about the torture and the trauma. Happy holidays.
  15. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    An auspicious debut from first time Aussie writer/director Greg Mclean, film combines the style of cheesy horror films and the flair of classic thrillers.
  16. While it's not exactly the kind of movie many will feel like catching during a holiday break, fans of the horror genre will appreciate the fresh take on a killer's hunt for fresh meat.
  17. Wolf Creek (much like the new Saw horror franchise) exists for no reason other than to inflict an acute sense of inescapable and inscrutable torture upon the story's victims – and, by extension, the audience. If that's what you're into, Wolf Creek should be a satisfying assault.
  18. John Jarratt is perfectly creepy as the outback loner gone psychotic survivalist who gets his kicks from the systematic degradation and torture of hapless victims. And make no mistake, the ordeal is excruciating.
  19. The vogue for retro-horror, particularly the stripped-down shivers of 1970's slasher flicks, continues apace in this nasty little piece of work from Australia.
  20. The ambitions are so paltry that our response should be too: Wolf Creek is unimaginative, light on the grue and heavy on the faux-serious desperation.
  21. 40
    An initially promising horror film that turns exploitive, Wolf Creek fails to deliver the requisite payoff considering its leisurely pace.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There's no substitute for bad taste. And this one has it double-barreled, both in the timing of its release and as a movie, one said to be loosely based on fact.
  23. A nasty bit of counter-programming, Wolf Creek is for people sickened by the sentimental excesses of the day and the holiday season and want to hide from them in mayhem, slaughter, torture and degradation.
  24. This is a movie for genre fans only; there's not an aspect to it that should appeal to the rest of the world. It's neither original nor inventive, and while its young cast works hard, there's not even a standout performance worth recommending.
  25. Just because Dimension considered Greg McLean's nasty exploitation flick worthy of their time and money doesn't mean it deserves yours.
  26. There is a line and this movie crosses it. I don't know where the line is, but it's way north of Wolf Creek. There is a role for violence in film, but what the hell is the purpose of this sadistic celebration of pain and cruelty?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 58
  2. Negative: 20 out of 58
  1. GrantZ
    Aug 24, 2009
    Ignore the reviews that don't give this 8 and above. These people are idiots. They complain that the movie is sick and depraved. It's meant to be, did you walk into the cinema expecting bloody THE HAPPIEST LITTLE ELF. The film is epic, and real creepy, and because of it, it's inspired me and my friends to go their after our GCSE's to film a documentary on it. It really is that good. Full Review »
  2. KeenanS.
    Jun 25, 2009
    This is one of the best horror films I've ever seen, and one of the twenty best films I've ever seen. For a budget film, it was very effective, frightening, and it felt real. This film is actually terrifying and rather unpredictable at times. This film does start off slow, but once it picks up the pace, it's quite an amazing film. It's brilliant in every way and is destined to be one of the best horror films of the decade. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2012
    an outstanding thriller/horror film, one of the best i've ever seen. tense and totally unpredictable, and jarringly nasty in parts, but it's far from just a mindless portrayal of torture and suffering. i think this movie is pretty unique. close to a masterpiece, if not one. Full Review »