Dark Horse Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2012
Abe may deserve all that comes to him, but the question of how he got this way sustains the picture, against all odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 21, 2012
Solondz's pessimism congeals into something toxic that should be disposed, not examined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
There are times when it is dark humor, and then times when it is simply dark. But there is something more going on here, something deeper and more ... hopeful?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2012
The most squirm-inducing aspect of Dark Horse is the way that Solondz is still stuck in his outdated loser tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Neil Smith
Total Film
June 19, 2012
Though more forgiving than previous Solondz films, Dark Horse is too slight to herald a wholesale change of direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 18, 2012
Solondz is a minor master of black comedy-the flattened emotional responses, the grotesque non sequiturs, the perverse desires lurking under a bland surface.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 9, 2012
Sad, poignant, funny and, above all, painfully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
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June 8, 2012
It's tough to get on Todd Solondz's wavelength, but boy is it worth the emotional gyrations.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
June 8, 2012
You may not like Abe very much -- hell, Solodnz practically goes out of his way to ensure that you don't -- but by the end of Dark Horse, you do understand him.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2012
Characters turn out to have improbable secret lives, or pop in and out like hallucinations. Plotlines that start to satisfy, attitudes that start to make sense, are ruthlessly upended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 8, 2012
It's a typical Solondz sad-sack tale, but this film seems to be disgusted by its own characters, which isn't true of the director's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 7, 2012
Its departures from realism have the effect of enlarging the narrow, unremarkable lives that are its focus, and by extension the audience's sense of what those lives might mean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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June 7, 2012
Despite its flaws, Dark Horse largely succeeds as yet another installment in Todd Solondz's career-long examination of the lust for love and security among the deeply damaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Alison Willmore
Movieline
June 7, 2012
A Todd Solondz film, one that provides the same kind of bracing counterbalance to man-child genre tropes as Welcome to the Dollhouse did to teen comedies in which the outcast kid makes good.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 7, 2012
"Dark Horse" joins "Dollhouse" and "Happiness" as a kind of trilogy of personality terror. It ultimately wanders too far out there, but before that it's quirky and curious enough to be happening in any house next door.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 7, 2012
To a small extent, the concept puts enough of a shine on the material to make it seem new again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
June 6, 2012
True to form for auteur Todd Solondz, its discomforting laughs are as black and painful as its cries for help, the fine line between satire and tragedy blurring throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 6, 2012
Portrait of the Loser as a Young Chub should be the subtitle of Todd Solondz's latest attack against normalcy.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Even with Dark Horse's brief running time, staying in Abe's company is a serious test of negative entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
Dark Horse is neither incisively black-comic nor particularly attuned to human behavior-proof that some directors, at least, do end up the way they started out.
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