Mickle's observation of a devastated working-class America is so sharp that the horror elements, though effectively handled, come to feel like an afterthought.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2011-09-12
Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary.
Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe, 2011-06-16
Jeff Grace's melancholy music underscores the atmosphere of bleak dystopian despair, leavened by flashes of humour and hope.
Nigel Floyd, Time Out, 2011-06-15
Shows that a savvy mixture of characterization, atmosphere and gore-eographed suspense can make even the most familiar fright tropes feel vaguely organic again.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2011-04-28
"Stake Land" bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-04-28
Mickle has talent, and the end credits include a character known as "French Canadian Cannibal," which is worth a half-star right there.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2011-04-28
Director Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the film with his star Nick Damici, has crafted a good-looking, well-played and atmospheric apocalyptic vision.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-04-28
Though it has plenty of shocks, the film creates a wasteland that would be compellingly deranged even without vampires pressing insistently at every border. Horror is just the half of it.
Scott Tobias, NPR, 2011-04-22
Ryan Samul's cinematography and Jeff Grace's score pick up the slack, smoothly maintaining an unstable atmosphere of lurking horror.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2011-04-21
There isn't much dialogue, and most of the 98-minute running time is devoted to locking in one terrifyingly gothic encounter after another, but the characters are well defined, and director Mickle makes every dime of his micro-budget count.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2011-04-20
It's an ambitious hybrid, grafting the ethereal, landscape-driven, light-infused beauty and naif narration associated with Terrence Malick onto a tale in which struggle against supernatural forces is just one challenge of coming of age.
Karina Longworth, Village Voice, 2011-04-19
A gritty, low-key hybrid of horror film and road movie that aptly demonstrates the stylistic flexibility of this undying genre.
Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, 2011-04-18
Fans of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" will find much to enjoy in this sombre and nerve-wracking postapocalyptic horror film, directed and co-written by Jim Mickle.
Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 2011-04-18
A highly satisfying low-budget horror-thriller.
Alissa Simon, Variety, 2010-09-19