Owen Gleiberman
January 10, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Woodsman

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/24/04
performer
Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Eve, David Alan Grier, Mos Def
director
Nicole Kassell
distributor
New Market Films
author
Nicole Kassell
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Kevin Bacon plays Walter, who has just served 12 years for molesting two young girls. The film, which invites us to confront the humanity of a man whose actions have been monstrous, is too schematic in its sympathy, though it’s worth seeing for Bacon’s lived-in minimalist purgatory.

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