Edge of Darkness Reviews

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October 29, 2010
The attempt at grittiness comes off soft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 2, 2010
For the third act it loses all credibility and suspense by derailing into a messy and pulpy mash-up of Dr. No and Death Wish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
February 2, 2010
There are plenty of tense, even powerful moments, but they're surrounded by so much talky bullshit, illogical plotting and mumbly dialogue that they quickly lose all meaning.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2010
Gibson tries on a Boston accent (it needs work) and boringly underplays his character before the inevitable "Mad Mel" makes his appearance in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 29, 2010
This film could have been two hours of Gibson scanning through microfiche and it wouldn't have been any more dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
February 2, 2010
Here the genre seems painfully clichéd and heavy handed, implausible in one scene, gratuitous in another, then in turn sentimental and trite.
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
February 2, 2010
Everything about Edge of Darkness feels second-hand, though. The plotting is stodgy, the dialogue clichéd, and even the action sequences never get out of second gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 80/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 28, 2010
Gibson is a credible, attractive hero, as he has always been, so if you want fast-food action, here's your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 28, 2010
Edge of Darkness has earned its January release date -- this movie deserves to be dumped into theaters with little fanfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 29, 2010
Mr. Gibson's performance is certainly intense, but the gleeful energy he once brought to such hits as Lethal Weapon -- or even to Conspiracy Theory, an excellent flop -- has turned toxic, and his somber scourge is no fun at all.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
February 2, 2010
Remember the Simpsons episode where Mel Gibson lets Homer re-cut his movie and the results are ridiculous? This is like that movie. It aims for serious but comes off hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
January 31, 2010
Ray Winstone's shady character represents both the screenwriter's desperate attempt at coherence and the audience's confusion; especially as he keeps delivering the line, "it's my job to keep it convoluted."
Leo Robson
Financial Times
February 2, 2010
As if to divert the viewer from the mounting feelings of frustration and bafflement, Gibson crashes a car or cracks a skull every couple of scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
January 30, 2010
The mix and match of genres can certainly work in the right hands, but Campbell, an excellent journeyman director, never quite nails it down here.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
January 29, 2010
The plotline... is so convoluted, it goes way past silliness; the big reveals are obvious, and by the time they come to fruition, suspense has long since leaked away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
January 27, 2010
The most interesting component to this Mel Gibson vehicle happens off screen. This movie is a totally thrill-less thriller.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 29, 2010
An initially intriguing policier that gradually loses suspense and cleverness as it bites off more than it can chew.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 29, 2010
Gibson nicely underplays the role of the father/cop/extremely crabby guy, but then why wouldn't he? He's done it about a dozen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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