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Darkness Falls Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2007
It begins with not one but two prologues; one character turns up out of nowhere, his introduction no doubt left on the cutting-room floor; and the paltry 85-minute running time includes 15 minutes of end credits.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
All semblance of plausibility is extracted, leaving a cast of TV actors to struggle with a plot with more gaps than an eight-year-old's grin.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 26, 2005
Oy, how it falls.
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
February 6, 2003
While it took three screenwriters to come up with Darkness Falls' countless variations on 'Stay out of the dark!,' many more may have been necessary to provide an interesting plot or developed character.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 31, 2003
Do you really need me to tell you how scary this horror show isn't?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Alex Pappademas
Village Voice
January 28, 2003
This is horror-flick boo-ya at its most rote.
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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2003
Like something salvaged from Stephen King's wastebasket.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 24, 2003
A truly awful and extremely loud scareflick.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 24, 2003
There's not a jot of originality in Darkness Falls, but there are a few good scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2003
Announcing her presence with a phlegmy wheeze, the Fairy strikes swiftly and sometimes even scarily, thanks to Stan Winston's ace special effects. But the movie's premise ... telegraphs her appearances and eliminates suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2003
Stephen King without the snap, David Lynch without the kink, teen horror without the teen hormones, Darkness Falls falls apart in a crescendo of creepy-crawly hoo-ha.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 24, 2003
If you need to be really scared of the dark, you're better off making up stuff from the shadows in your own room.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 24, 2003
More silly than scary, it's the horror movie to give horror movies a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 24, 2003
The film revels so brazenly in genre cliches that it eventually earns admiration for boldly going where nearly everyone has gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
January 24, 2003
Sadly, the makers of Darkness Falls can't find that flair, even with a bag of high-powered flashlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 24, 2003
When Darkness Falls, it pretty much trips over its own feet.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 24, 2003
Pretty much the whole of this unholy horror flick is shot under cover of night, the small-town-in-New-England kind where the woods are deep and the barometer always points to rain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 24, 2003
Knowing that they don't have the scariest movie around, it would seem as if the filmmakers have vowed to make it the loudest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 24, 2003
If it's successful at the box office, look for Hollywood executives to green-light the bone-chilling tale of the Easter bunny and the macabre legend of Tickle Me Elmo.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 23, 2003
As far as semi-abandoned midwinter Hollywood compost goes, though, Darkness Falls basically brings home the bacon for horror fans.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 23, 2003
The best thing to be said for Darkness Falls is that it contains one decent piece of advice: Stay in the light. When the lights are on, after all, this movie won't be shown.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 23, 2003
Could just as well have been titled Dumb Then Dumber for the way its plot makes decreasing sense even by the low standards of B horror flicks.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 23, 2003
Nothing about this makes sense, even by the standards of bad horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2003
A dreary exercise in cheap shocks aimed at kids.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 23, 2003
It's an instantly disposable and shamelessly derivative piece of work, but first-time feature helmer Jonathan Liebesman shows a savvy flair for atmospheric visuals...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 23, 2003
About as scary as a ride on a minor roller coaster, it unrolls its amplified butcher-block shock effects within the first five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2003
It's a downer to see so much effort expended on such junk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2003
Darkness Falls is the movie to see if you've ever wondered what a movie plays like with all the unimportant stuff -- narrative, character development -- cut out and the action kept in.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 23, 2003
A lamebrained attempt at horror that is just a derivative pastiche of ideas lifted from other bad films.
| Original Score: .5/4