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Edge of Darkness (2010)



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

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


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

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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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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

William Monahan, Andrew Bovell

May 11, 2010


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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality.

February 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Edge of Darkness is a meathead revenge picture, but it's very satisfying.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Campbell and his cinematographer, Phil Meheux, create a pervasive sense of dread, with danger lurking around every corner of Boston and its environs.

January 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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 | Comments (5)
New York Times
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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.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

The attempt at grittiness comes off soft.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

August 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Glossy exploitation cinema without guts.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

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

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

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]

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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.

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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...

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (2)

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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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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?
April 17, 2014

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.
September 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

Decent enough thriller, is a remake from what I understand, so would genuinely like to see the original.
January 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

one of those movies where the trailer is better then the movie itself.
July 30, 2012

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    1. Craven: Welcome to hell.
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    1. Craven: Everything's illegal in Massachusetts.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. 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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