Dark Skies (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dark Skies (2013)



Critic Consensus: Dark Skies writer director Scott Stewart has a solid cast, an interesting premise, and some admirable ambitions, but he can't figure out what to do with any of them, and the result is a dull, muddled effort that will bore all but the most devoted horror buffs.

Movie Info

From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. Written and Directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION) Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons (c) Weinsteinmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2013
Box Office: $17.4M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Keri Russell
as Lacy Barrett
Josh Hamilton
as Daniel Barret
Dakota Goyo
as Jesse Barrett
Kadan Rockett
as Sam Barrett
J.K. Simmons
as Edwin Pollard
L.J. Benet
as Kevin Ratner
Annie Thurman
as Shelly Jessop
Jake Washburn
as Bobby Jessop
Ron Ostrow
as Richard Klein
Tom Costello
as Young Father
Marion Kerr
as Young Mother
Alyvia Alyn Lind
as Young Daughter
Josh Stamberg
as Police Officer
Tiffany Jeneen
as Protection One Opera...
Brian Stepanek
as Security System Tech...
Judith Moreland
as Janice Rhodes
Adam Schneider
as Young Husband
Trevor St. John
as Alex Holcombe
Andy Umberger
as Doctor Jonathan Koop...
Michael Patrick McGi...
as Ratner's Father
Josh Wingate
as Gun Salesman
Scott Anthony
as Porn Star
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News & Interviews for Dark Skies

Critic Reviews for Dark Skies

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (16)

Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile ...

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Works perfectly well as a turn-off-the-lights (and be-willing-to-play-along) piece of sci-fi-sprinkled horror amusement.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

Sneaks by being a retread, mainly because of the really thick tension and suspense [the director] pulls off with an effective score and sharp direction.

Full Review… | October 3, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Dark Skies won't totally scratch that itch for a good scare, but it's a welcome treat for those who follow the old X-Files credo, "The truth is out there".

Full Review… | October 9, 2013

When writer-director Scott Stewart eventually reveals his hand, the film loses its way, but Hamilton and Russell's solidly convincing performances keep things more grounded than you might expect.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Movie Talk

Audience Reviews for Dark Skies

An average horror movie that manages to build some efficient tension for the most part of it, even if it doesn't offer anything original about abduction phenomenon that we haven't seen before in better works - say, The X-Files. The end is satisfying, though.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Genuinely creepy at the end, though starts out quite lame and even dull.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movies goes into the "I was pleasantly surprised" category. The trailer was a yawner and the apparent premise initially screamed "overdone!" A family is creeped out by a a bunch of weird, unexplainable things happening in their suburban home. While this movie is not original as a whole, there are surprisingly original and creepy scenes to entertain even the most jaded horror fan.

While at first it feels like a "made-for-TV" movie, the performances start growing on you and as you finally get an idea of what is really going on, you're hooked. Compared to Director Scott Stewart's previous outings, "Legion" and "Priest," this is the best of the bunch, and frankly, the best of the most recent suburban, lamely titled fright-flicks (like "Possession").

Mark B.
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

Dark Skies Quotes

Edwin Pollard: People think of these beings invading our planet as some great cataclysm, but it's not like that at all. The invasion already happened. You cannot escape them. Sooner or later, when they're ready, they will take your family.
– Submitted by Pearl S (3 years ago)
Daniel Barrett: Leave my son alone!
– Submitted by Erick T (3 years ago)

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