I'd sooner touch a nine-volt battery to my tongue than sit through this film again.
Paul Brunick - New York Times
Bereavement -- miraculously as dull as its title -- is neither far gone enough to be funny nor well thought-out enough to be disturbing.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
This is an example of what happens when a clever, proficient filmmaker falls in love with brutal trash.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Effective atmospherics don't rescue this formulaic slasher flick.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Evidence of a group of filmmakers who take their horror seriously.
while Bereavement is certainly a slasher, it is also a film about how monsters are made, in which every character, hero and villain alike, is figured as tragic prey to genes and circumstance.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
"Bereavement" is cruel and unusual.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Virtually every shot in Bereavement -- a sort of prequel to Mena's Malevolence (2005) -- is the right one; the editing, also by Mena, is first-rate.
John Anderson - Newsday
The film is so laughably Freudian it could play as a parody of certain acclaimed horror film studies such as Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Horror Film.
Chuck Bowen - Slant Magazine
"Bereavement" isn't a bad slasher film, but after a few stabs (no pun intended) at being something more, it settles for being just a slasher film. And that's disappointing.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
In this deliberately paced horror movie, a big-city teen homes in on the darkness at the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, with grim results.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
It truly plays like one person's nightmarish descent into a world of total madness. It gives you a feel for who Martin Bristol is and why he's so lethal. On that level the film is a complete success.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
Bereavement is one nasty piece of work.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's difficult to care about people who are all stupid to a fault.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A character-centric thriller signifying Mena's progression as a filmmaker even as it doesn't quite retain the same home-grown charm and earnestness of its predecessor.
Though Mena refers to his sadistically sliced up female brisket as therapeutic, there's a line between calming viewer fears, and titillating them. While human chopped meat served up raw making you go vegetarian, isn't exactly relished food for thought.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze