A rather silly, unbelievable thriller.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-04-09
Filmmaker Nadda's stock-in-trade is restraint, but October Gale builds up to nothing much.
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2015-03-27
Writer-director Ruba Nadda is wonderful at building up suspense for the first half of her latest film. But once she's got our attention, she has nowhere to go with it.
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, 2015-03-26
A film that begins as a languorous study in grieving and shifts with screeching abruptness into a crime thriller.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2015-03-12
In "October Gale," a low-key character study gives way to increasingly clamorous melodrama ...
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-03-05
Feels cut from the cloth of a romance novel for middle-aged respectables, with a fatally under-motivated thriller clumsily tacked on to jazz up the action.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2015-03-05
This dramatic thriller is a ball of confusion, but with barely any bounce. The one reason to see it: Patricia Clarkson's subtle star turn.
Graham Fuller, New York Daily News, 2015-03-04
Even in a formulaic thriller like the Canadian film October Gale, Patricia Clarkson is always a welcome sight to fatten up slim material and add ballast to plot dynamics.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2015-03-04
A film that starts off as a quiet exploration of grief but soon becomes a trapped-in-your-home thriller.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-03-03
This underdeveloped tale set on an island in Northern Ontario's Georgian Bay fails to build the intrigue or tension required for a thriller, and falls short as a character-driven drama as well.
Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2015-03-03