• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tom McCarthy
    In Theaters:
    Apr 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 2009
  • Overture Films

Critic Review - Lessons of Darkness

A character study drowning in liberal guilt.

November 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (7)
Lessons of Darkness


Bob B.

Bob Borzelleri

I guess one way to get people to read an otherwise clueless review is to come across in a manner similar to a two year old who is not about to let that spoon of (fill in the blank) into his mouth.

Since there are so many places to start with this comment on this seriously oppositional review, I'll simply say that the reviewer perhaps says more about his view of the world than on any reasonable take on the film.

In the furure, if I want to get a recommendation on a reactionary student film, I'll know where to go.

Nov 26 - 12:42 PM

Mike K.

Mike Koman

I agree 100%. And then to find out the characters are such a mess. Jenkins admits that he really does nothing, and the mother admits to throwing away the immigration papers that would have kept them all legal. Yes the USA does have rules. We are not a third world (come as you go) nation.

Dec 28 - 07:00 PM

Lily B.

Lily B

Apparently Mike K. doesn't grasp the fact that the "immigration papers" were telling them to leave- she threw them away because she didn't want to have to return to Syria.

It angers me that so many ignorant people think that undocumented immigrants break the law because they just don't care- they break the law because following the law, for many would mean never coming here or being deported.

Mar 22 - 09:17 PM

Bill D.

Bill Dyckns

"A character study drowning in liberal guilt."
The comment above is the problem with present day government. Not to mention off the mark as to "The Visitor".
To correct and point out 2 items posted here.
The mother said she threw the papers away of deportation. She also stated they had been living in the US for 2 years building a life, not living off social services, and that people (neighbours, friends?) told her not to worry, that the government spends little time searching out illegal aliens. This was true. September 11th, 2001 and G. Bush's "Patriot Act" (read by no one before they ALL signed) and G. Bush's disregard for the U.S. Constitution and Bush's declaration that he will do what he wants to do changed all that. A good example of a similar incident, and the "aliens" were not in the US, is the case of the 4 young, Islamic British subjects who were rounded up in Aphghanistan attending a relative's wedding and spent 6 months at Guatanamo being tortured. (This is documented)
So Nick Schager...making inane, political, degrading statements serves no one but your own attempt at self worth and being on the "right side"..."God's" side, etc.
As to the movie not being factual surprised me. But I did relate to many factual incidents I am aware of through viewing "The Visitor". This film also dealt with the "professor" being "dead" emotionally after his wife's death and his finding life again through being transported from his academic, safe world to the reality of the streets and people's suffering. Also finding joy in creating and being part of music.
I will relate this: In 1969, before "terrorist's" I witnessed a man grabbed from the street by 4 men, in conservative suits, and whisked away. No one acted, stopped to take the tag number, or yelled. It was over as quickly as snapping your fingers. I was just back from Viet Nam. The young man being snatched was a long hair. I had my own experience with being "set up" by the government while serving out my 3 year duty in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon. Hit the streets Nick. Leave your safe world and find out what, exactly, is going on. "The Visitor" could not have made a stronger statement as to you, the people of the United States, being powerless and, in some cases, having to witness unfair, dehumanizing, actions as these by a government you believe to be the best in the world with it's offer to "Send us your poor", etc...."The Visitor" 5 STARS

Apr 3 - 03:11 PM

Jae Barclay

Jae Barclay

A reviewer drowning in conservative bias and apathy.

Aug 14 - 03:36 AM

Su Yu

Su Yu

LOL!....young movie goers these days don't even know what "liberal guilt" is.

Jun 13 - 02:53 AM

Su Yu

Su Yu

Commenter Bill D: "This was true. September 11th, 2001 and G. Bush's "Patriot Act" (read by no one before they ALL signed) and G. Bush's disregard for the U.S. Constitution and Bush's declaration that he will do what he wants to do changed all that."

What has your hero Obama done to eliminate the Patriot Act?

Jun 13 - 02:56 AM

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