• Unrated, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Solondz
    In Theaters:
    Jun 8, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 13, 2012
  • Vitagraph Films


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Dark Horse Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A typically ineffective effort from Todd Solondz...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 27, 2013
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Solondz seems to be making a statement about arrested development and the harsh realities of loneliness and age, but it's so clumsily and irritatingly executed that his arguments remain difficult to see.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

October 5, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

Age seems to have softened Todd Solondz and it is a real shame, as we have tonnes of optimistic filmmakers but only one of him. Come back, Todd.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Dark Horse" ends up being a film about loneliness, and the desperate things people will think and do to escape it. And, for once, Solondz doesn't sneer at that desperation.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though Dark Horse is disturbing and funny like most Solondz pictures, it's also mystifyingly touching; it moves into totally unexpected places.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 22, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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It would be unfair and patronizing to say that Solondz needs to grow up, but "Dark Horse" suggests that it's time for the bard of bourgeois hypocrisy to consider moving on.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The title could be taken as indicative of the film's chances of scoring outside of Solonfz's small cadre of followers, but 'Dark Horse' indicates that a grain of empathy has made its way into his usual desert of despair.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

August 14, 2012
Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix

The suffocating darkness of much of Solondz's work has diminished here, but so has the humor, and it never reaches the massive catharsis of a film like Happiness.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Solondz has made a career out of specializing in highly aberrant views of middle-class life.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 9, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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That Gelber can make Abe appealing in any way is a triumph. That Solondz can orchestrate such a feat is an even bigger one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Solondz will never be much for happy endings, but the film is strangely optimistic and at times borders ever-so-slightly on the whimsical.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Mike Scott

Seizing the role, and the screen, Jordan Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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With champion bloodlines from Walken and Farrow, "Dark Horse" could have been a contender, but it gets so skittish about trodding a familiar path that it pulls up lame.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2012
Brian Orndorf

Offers a wealth of small pleasures, but as a whole, it fails to make much of an impact, exhausting direction the longer it pursues a dreamscape tone that only seems to retain perfect shape in the helmer's head.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C+

July 30, 2012
Leonard Maltin
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When he's hot, (Todd Solondz)... has an uncanny ability to find both absurdist comedy and poignant drama in the vicissitudes of everyday characters.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.1/2

July 29, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The director's claustrophobic vision of optimistic youth slowly curdling into a hellish maelstrom of middle-age malaise is still a fun ride if you enjoy that sort of thing.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
Los Angeles Times
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For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Todd Solondz, the dean of depressive comedy, is back with another funny, shocking, emotionally probing original.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even the gentle side of filmmaker Todd Solondz turns out to be pretty nasty.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Solondz] pulls one too many narrative stunts, with one too many dream sequences, calling into question the reality of everything that's happened - including that soap-operatic finale.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2012
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