Near Dark Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 6, 2013
Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2013
There's a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 14, 2008
Near Dark has filmmaking finesse to spare, but puts its dank characters on display rather than cadging sympathy for them. It is the Blue Velvet of date-night spook shows.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
This is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic, with lots of sidelong touches in the casting, direction, and script.
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 26, 2007
High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Bigelow's artful handling of the magic and menace of the night is hauntingly apparent.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A subtle study in the seductiveness of evil and a terrifying ride to the edge of darkness.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
You might call this the scattershot school of film making.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bigelow has cross-bred vampire legends, westerns and biker movies to arrive at a combination that's both outrageous and poetic; it has extravagant, bloody thrills plus something else -- something that comes close to genuine emotion.