"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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though Dark Horse is disturbing and funny like most Solondz pictures, it's also mystifyingly touching; it moves into totally unexpected places.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
That Gelber can make Abe appealing in any way is a triumph. That Solondz can orchestrate such a feat is an even bigger one.
| Original Score: 4/5
Solondz will never be much for happy endings, but the film is strangely optimistic and at times borders ever-so-slightly on the whimsical.
Seizing the role, and the screen, Jordan Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Solondz, the dean of depressive comedy, is back with another funny, shocking, emotionally probing original.
It's brutal to watch, and perhaps mercifully short.
[A] wonderfully realized and surprisingly understated dark satire...
There's something ultimately moving as well as funny in Abe's conflict with himself. It gives Dark Horse a degree of dramatic weight missing from his other films.
Solondz's sweetest film is still terrifically bitter.
In his bitter humour I always find a twitch on the moral compass.
The picture is funnier than anything he has yet made. There are worse ways of playing familiar themes.
It's a typical Solondz portrait.
The opaque finale leaves much to ponder.
A film that blurs reality and fantasy, inviting our laughter but also earning our sympathy.
You have to admire the filmmaker for what he has achieved thus far in Dark Horse, and mourn Abe's premature departure from the action.