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Edge of Darkness (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 89

Critics Consensus: For better and for worse, Edge of Darkness offers vintage Mel Gibson, working within the familiar framework of a bloody revenge thriller.

49%
Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: For better and for worse, Edge of Darkness offers vintage Mel Gibson, working within the familiar framework of a bloody revenge thriller.

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User Ratings: 542,005

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Movie Info

Casino Royale's Martin Campbell returns to familiar territory with this adaptation of his own 1985 BBC miniseries -- a mystery starring Mel Gibson as a detective looking into his political-activist daughter's death and uncovering layers of governmental conspiracies in the process. William Monahan (The Departed) provides the screenplay for the GK Films production, co-starring Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rating:
R (for strong bloody violence and language)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
William Monahan , Andrew Bovell
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 11, 2010
Box Office:
$43.3M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Edge of Darkness

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (89) | DVD (14)

Gibson, of course, snaps and snarls and blows out some brains with a joylessness that is thoroughly enjoyable. It's like he never left.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Newsday
Top Critic

Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

I liked the pace and the pulse of the film, but it launches no genuine surprise and, despite being irradiated with scenes of sickness and morbid one-liners, has little afterglow.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

Edge of Darkness is a meathead revenge picture, but it's very satisfying.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Campbell and his cinematographer, Phil Meheux, create a pervasive sense of dread, with danger lurking around every corner of Boston and its environs.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Edge of Darkness is reasonably well executed, but its competence reeks of fatigue. Another dead kid. Another angry dad. Another day at the office.

January 29, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

A thoughtful and harrowing drama about the lengths people will go to survive - and the changes of heart that one person undergoes to help them.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Salt Lake Tribune

Films like this are musicals for people who enjoy gunfire and Mel Gibson being shouty. They're that satisfyingly heightened version of reality no one actually gets to experience.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Adapted from the landmark BBC mini-series by original director Martin Campbell, Edge of Darkness is a polished piece of political suspense masquerading as a crime drama and pulling off both rather successfully.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
ComingSoon.net

The attempt at grittiness comes off soft.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

Monahan mistakes rambling exposition for captivating back-and-forth and Campbell doesn't help any by making the film as drab and turgidly paced as possible.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

Martin Campbell returns to the once edgy and jagged ground of his excellent BBC miniseries Edge of Darkness with a much slicker spin that sheds much of what made the first go around so good.

Full Review… | August 1, 2010

Sadly the movie is a ponderous, unnuanced, run-of-the-cyclotron thriller.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Observer [UK]

Mel Gibson returns with one of his finest performances in the gripping yet patchy thriller, Edge of Darkness.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Gibson brings his full tormented game: whatever's wrong with the movie, it isn't him.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
eFilmCritic.com

An otherwise entertaining revenge thriller with Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone shining above material that transforms throughout the course of its plot...

Full Review… | June 28, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Glossy exploitation cinema without guts.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

The whole fails to really satisfy as either an action or mystery thriller.

Full Review… | May 17, 2010
TheMovieReport.com

As expertly headlined by Mel Gibson...Edge of Darkness makes a virtue of its fatalism, while ace mainstream director Martin Campbell compensates well for the script's shortcomings in the credibility department. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 16, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Standard rogue copseeks-revenge story is more entertaining than most thanks to Mel Gibson's seething (and likely self-referential) turn as police detective Thomas Craven, who'll stop at nothing to bring down the corporate meanies who did in his daughter.

Full Review… | May 15, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... recalls contemporary American crime fiction as much as British conspiracy thriller, and at its best it's a piece of blunt force drama...

Full Review… | May 15, 2010
Seanax.com

For all his silly charm, undiminished by his off-screen controversies, Gibson is most fascinating when wrestling with his demons.

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
San Francisco Examiner

While it offers nothing particularly new or original, it does maintain one's interest and provides a welcome return to the screen of a fine actor.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Boasting a nuclear facility roach motel where you can't check out, a villain politician who just happens to be a Democrat, and a kindly hitman played by Ray Winstone, but who was originally Robert De Niro until he backed out over creative differences.

Full Review… | May 1, 2010
NewsBlaze

With the lack of energy infused in the film, it's hard to get truly embroiled in the conspiracy but that doesn't mean Edge Of Darkness is a complete failure.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Audience Reviews for Edge of Darkness

I've seen this film before, when it was titled something else just as unmemorable. Gibson played the same character in that movie too. Why waste the time on this one?

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Mel Gibson's return as angry dad avenging his daughter's death works for the longest time, also thanks to a really interesting minor character. The bursts of violence are really sudden and gut wrenching, only Gibson's humorous face sometimes doesn't seem to fit in. While the solution still works, the epilogue is somewhat silly. Still, over decent enough revenge thriller.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Decent enough thriller, is a remake from what I understand, so would genuinely like to see the original.

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

½

one of those movies where the trailer is better then the movie itself.

briandeguelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

Edge of Darkness Quotes


Craven: Welcome to hell.
– Submitted by Danny S (2 years ago)
Craven: Everything's illegal in Massachusetts.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Craven: Well you had better decide whether you're hanging on the cross or banging in the nails.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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