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Edge of Darkness Reviews

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday

July 6, 2010
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 1, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Edge of Darkness is a meathead revenge picture, but it's very satisfying.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 1, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

January 29, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Gibson looks every bit his age, but he can still bring the fierce determination as well as anyone in the business.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2010
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Edge of Darkness is offered as a political thriller, but with real-world politics removed. What we're left with is a familiar mechanism for delivering a vicarious, violent, wish-fulfilment fantasy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 29, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The only edge here is in the title. This is indeed your father's thriller.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

January 29, 2010
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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A conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of tedium and confusion.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 29, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 29, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Without action, compelling characters or a coherent point of view, Edge of Darkness doesn't have a glimmer of good qualities.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 29, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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There's nothing especially edgy or dark, or darkly edgy, or even particularly twilit about Edge of Darkness, at least as thrillers go.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 29, 2010
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Gibson's character here is a man crazed with grief. But it looks as if Gibson is just using that as an excuse to act crazy, period.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 29, 2010
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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No longer quite so movie star handsome, Gibson's deeply lined features and thinning mane complement a performance that is finely tuned and textured -- mournful, cunning, determined and explosive with rage.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 29, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Gibson hasn't had a starring role in seven years, but he has no trouble returning to work. That he looks a little wearier, and a lot older, simply adds to his character's pathos.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Not only is Edge of Darkness Gibson's best work in a decade -- a big improvement over such drivel as What Women Want -- it is a well-crafted thriller.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A crime drama that's exciting in the moment and that lingers in the mind.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2010
Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Is this a drama about a father's loss? No. Is this a political thriller? Maybe, but a good thriller should consistently surprise the viewer. The movie's revelations are met with a resounding "duh."

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 28, 2010
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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This crisp, gripping drama of brutal criminal intrigue and sinister moral violence is smart and absorbing in its every nuance, and Gibson dominates the elaborate action with an assured performance that's as authoritative as it is affecting.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 28, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Gibson remains -- despise or defend him -- a uniquely fascinating screen presence as our shattered hero.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
Sam Allis
Boston Globe
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A long, complicated affair that has its moments but suffers from an overwrought plot.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The plot complications involving nuclear waste and political maneuvering have been trivialized beyond all meaning. But watching Gibson in a revenge fantasy feeds all my needs for a bloodlusting B-movie feast.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The pace is languorous, the volume (with the exception of three or four jolting episodes of violence) low, the lighting dim and grim.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Edge Of Darkness quickly devolves into another showcase for Gibson's snorting-bull act, a routine he could happily have shelved during his time off.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

January 28, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Gibson, who has always been an undervalued actor, does a sturdy job as a grieving dad who still engages in conversations with his dead child; it's almost a letdown when he puts aside his mourning sickness and spirals into melodrama.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 28, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Kill someone's only child, and what do you have? You have a righteous avenger role almost too well-suited for Gibson's persona.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Gibson is a credible, attractive hero, as he has always been, so if you want fast-food action, here's your movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Edge of Darkness has earned its January release date -- this movie deserves to be dumped into theaters with little fanfare.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 28, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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How did this canny, savvy performer get roped into such a dud for his big acting comeback?

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

January 27, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The film depends on Gibson's performance, and he comes through.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 27, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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As compressed and updated by screenwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell, it's just a conventional, divertingly propulsive, borderline boilerplate corporate-high-jinks thriller.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 27, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mel Gibson desperately needs a good movie. His fans need to see him in one. I am sorry to report that Edge of Darkness is not it.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 27, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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There's more emphasis on bloodlust than grief -- a shame considering the mini's most powerful moments explored Craven's deeply conflicted agony.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

January 27, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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There's undeniable catharsis -- albeit an ugly, somewhat unsettling catharsis -- in Edge of Darkness.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 26, 2010
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.

January 25, 2010
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Campbell's topnotch production team yields predictably polished results, but the director's decision to revisit the late Troy Kennedy Martin's teleplay, finally, feels lacking.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2010
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