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Darkness Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There's the draw from the audience of potential scares and the good cast, but there's nothing ever delivered to us.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This baffling, unintentionally sidesplitting horror show has opened just in time to qualify as the worst film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 22, 2007
...ultimately comes off as nothing less than a total disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 8, 2007
All of this, of course, would be forgivable if it added up to a scary movie or made even a lick of sense (chunks appear to have been cut out of a longer cut of the film), but Balaguero manages to disappoint on every possible front.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2007
As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Back to horror school for you, Señor Balagueró.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 2, 2005
There's still a lot of European feel to Darkness, which can sometimes be off-putting to American audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
July 7, 2005
Too many plot and character lapses for comfort, even in the traditionally logic-flouting horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Clark
June 15, 2005
It's unfortunate that the film is called Darkness because this means it will soon be relegated to the Wal Mart bargain bin next to 2003's stinker Darkness Falls.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 10, 2005
A good case of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
June 1, 2005
The film is dark, and a bit slowly paced in parts, but it's worth watching.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 30, 2005
There's nothing very frightening about this shallow, stupid spookfest.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 22, 2005
The movie finally degenerates into a hopeless mass of mumbo-jumbo, silliness, and incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matthew Turner
April 2, 2005
However, the fact that the creepy suspenseful atmosphere builds up to a risible climax where nothing remotely scary happens undermines all the good work that has gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave Alexander
Rue Morgue Magazine
March 23, 2005
Darkness is a ridiculous film choked with genre clichés and stolen scares, yet there's something genuinely dark and nasty wrapped inside all that ridiculousness...
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Robert Strohmeyer
February 22, 2005
incomprehensibly opaque and moronically over-projected
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt Caracappa
Boxoffice Magazine
January 16, 2005
Tries to survive on an aura of unknown creepiness, but that's really just a nice way of saying that very little happens of any interest during the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 15, 2005
Yet another unremarkable tour through the rules and expectations of the modern horror genre -- another film that's not quite scary, not quite interesting, but a mindless diversion that plays its expected part in a cinematic transaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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