Darkon Reviews

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November 12, 2007
Joins the ranks of movies like Hoop Dreams and Murderball as one of the great documentary dissections of how Americans play.
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Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
By approaching the subject without a sense of ironic distance, Neel and Meyer get at something elemental, a variation of the American Dream at work, in which everyone can live out their life as they see it, even if that's as a medieval elf.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2007
Eloquent and occasionally touching, Darkon is haphazardly photographed but unfailingly generous toward subjects who exhibit an astonishing degree of self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 14, 2007
Neel and Meyer approach their subjects with open minds. Running around Baltimore in medieval armor isn't everyone's chalice of wine, they seem to be saying -- but who are we to judge?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
There should be plenty of material here. But all we see are average men and women looking for an escape from their boring jobs and disappointing home lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 11, 2007
Empowered as they are, it's hard to take this motley crew seriously when they spit medieval maxims with soccer goals in the background, but the filmmakers approach their subjects with humanity.
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
February 22, 2007
There are lessons to be learned here, not the least of which is that you should never trust elf mercenaries, no matter how much you pay them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 2, 2007
This full-length movie becomes quite wearing. The players are entitled to dignity and respect, of course, but how many of us would spend 89 minutes at a party listening to one of them talk about Darkon? That's pretty much what you get here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 20, 2006
A clear-eyed and oddly touching docudocu about a gaggle of Baltimoreans who dress up in home-made medieval garb and chase each other around soccer fields and meadows.