Dark Horse Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2012
[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 | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 26, 2012
Even the gentle side of filmmaker Todd Solondz turns out to be pretty nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 5, 2012
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2011
Never less than watchable and loaded with trademark negativity so extreme it's sometimes funny, the new film is nonetheless saddled with a protagonist so narrowly and unlikably presented that, in the end, he doesn't seem worth the time devoted to him.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
July 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
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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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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.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
June 22, 2012
Solondz's once-fascinating brand of genuine misanthropy has curdled into ordinary unpleasantness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 9, 2012
Solondz has made a career out of specializing in highly aberrant views of middle-class life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 27, 2013
A typically ineffective effort from Todd Solondz...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 29, 2012
The characters run the gamut from near-comatose to shrill, all of them awful, and what seems to aspire to being a modern comedy of manners is simply a mean-spirited satire on such close but paradoxically unloving families.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2012
Yesterday, Solondz blocking the screen meant something, even if it was just his own petulance. Today, a blurred sign only signifies his capitulation to peer pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.1/2
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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
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 5, 2011
There is little in the film's pitch-black interior that wasn't tackled better - with more bite, wit and abandon - in Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse, or Storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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
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