Dark Matter Reviews

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Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
April 11, 2008
You could charge Streep with stealing the movie but there's not much to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
April 10, 2008
Well-restrained and rarely melodramatic
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 10, 2008
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.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
April 10, 2008
Dark Matter is certainly interesting, and easy to sit through, but not as compelling as it wants to be.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
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.
Armond White
New York Press
April 9, 2008
It's credit to both Streep and Quinn's integrity that Dark Matter uncovers the natural instincts and social foibles that underpin racism.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
Dark Matter's insights go no deeper than 'chickens coming home to roost' banality.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 7, 2008
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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
Aside from depicting American academia as a cutthroat environment that can inspire deadly resentment, there's not much going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: C+
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
February 13, 2008
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.
Zack Haddad
Film Threat
February 3, 2007
This is a great film, to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 2, 2007
Challenging subject matter best suited to discerning audiences.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 30, 2007
A middling academic drama that passes pleasantly enough for roughly an hour before detouring into a tacked-on tragic climax.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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