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Dark Days Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 29, 2014
The documentary is amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 3, 2014
This is the world discovered and illuminated by gonzo documentarian Marc Singer, who spent a good part of two years living with and chronicling the lives of a half-dozen tunnel dwellers for his remarkable first film, Dark Days
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Bianculli
New York Daily News
March 3, 2014
Moving and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 3, 2014
The virtue of Dark Days is that it provides a forum for its subjects, who turn out to be funny, charming, acerbic, annoying, callous, kind and, ultimately, fully human. The movie's other quality -- a dewy romanticism -- is both an asset and a detriment.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 3, 2014
The lives of these people inside their shacks are full of surprises as well as grim confirmations, but the things we don't know about them also significantly shape our experience of the film.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 3, 2014
Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 3, 2014
Marc Singer's documentary Dark Days absolutely blew me away. It takes the viewer on a thoroughly engrossing journey to the heart of darkness.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 3, 2014
Singer's grainy... photography lends the film the evocative aura of something that has been unearthed, while the spare, haunting soundtrack by DJ Shadow perfectly captures the sense of otherworldliness that pervades this remarkable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2014
Revealing, if occasionally frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
March 3, 2014
As we come to know the residents, we find their lives, and yearning for home and safety, as tragic, funny, and involving as anything in a scripted movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
March 3, 2014
A fascinating, beautifully photographed portrait of a vanished community: a group of homeless people who built a shanty town in the train tunnels beneath Penn Station.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 3, 2014
Singer's stark black-and-white photography renders their world with the abstract horror of a German expressionist film, yet he's equally skilled at coaxing the grim personal stories of life underground.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
March 3, 2014
It's hard not to get caught up in these people's lives, or to be impressed by their resiliency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
March 3, 2014
Singer captures intimate moments in the lives of his subterranean protagonists in their strange, crepuscular world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 3, 2014
A portrait of the homeless community of "mole people" who lived in sections of disused underground tunnels in New York, this is a singularly powerful account of the lives of the dispossessed and desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 3, 2014
Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
March 3, 2014
Singer achieves remarkable intimacy with his subjects, who share their experiences and joke around with the man behind the camera as freely as they do with their peers.

Film4
March 3, 2014
Simultaneously uplifting and shaming.
James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 3, 2014
Marc Singer's camera hustles and chills along with them all, documenting their lives in black-and-white as high-contrast as the days above to the nights below.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
January 24, 2014
A black-and-white hymn to the energy of the dispossessed, made in the late 1990s, but still horribly relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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