• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Chen Shi-Zheng
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 14, 2009
  • First Independent Pictures


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Dark Matter Reviews

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Geoff Berkshire

You could charge Streep with stealing the movie but there's not much to take.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 11, 2008
Chris Cabin

Well-restrained and rarely melodramatic

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 10, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's an inelegant experiment that captures many intriguing moments as they pass, but ends up utterly baffled by the question of how its delightful central character becomes a tabloid-ready monster.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 10, 2008
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Dark Matter is certainly interesting, and easy to sit through, but not as compelling as it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 10, 2008
John Anderson
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It concludes in a way that will have you asking whether the ending was misguided, or maybe it was just the rest of the movie.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2008
Edward Douglas

A seriously misguided effort in attempting to explore what might lead a normally quiet and intelligent university student to lose control and go on a shooting spree.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

April 10, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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he tensions of intellectual pride demand a quieter address; Dark Matter might have played like Shattered Glass in more capable hands.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 10, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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First-time director Chen Shi-Zheng shows great sensitivity to the pressure and isolation felt by Chinese brains at American universities, and the relationship between Liu and Quinn provides a rare look at the intellectual serfdom of graduate study.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 9, 2008
Armond White
New York Press

It's credit to both Streep and Quinn's integrity that Dark Matter uncovers the natural instincts and social foibles that underpin racism.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 9, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Dark Matter's insights go no deeper than 'chickens coming home to roost' banality.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 8, 2008
Logan Hill
New York Magazine
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Director Chen Shi-Zheng is inconsistent from one scene to the next, alternating clichés with convincing, specific details. The film never quite earns its whopper of a finale.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

April 7, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Aside from depicting American academia as a cutthroat environment that can inspire deadly resentment, there's not much going on.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 6, 2008
Emanuel Levy

There are so few films about higher education (and fewer intelligent ones) that it's a shame that what begins as a poignant probe of academic politics, freedom and expression and cultural assimilation gradually turns into a turgid, senseless melodrama.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

March 18, 2008
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

Meryl Streep guest stars on a special episode of Sunrise Earth, doing Method Tai Chi while heavenly chorines, chanting in Hollywood Sanskrit, bemoan the eternal tragedy of man.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

February 13, 2008
Zack Haddad
Film Threat

This is a great film, to a point.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2007
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Challenging subject matter best suited to discerning audiences.

February 2, 2007
Justin Chang
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A middling academic drama that passes pleasantly enough for roughly an hour before detouring into a tacked-on tragic climax.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2007
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Dave White

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 4, 2011
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