Edge of Darkness Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 6, 2010
Gibson, of course, snaps and snarls and blows out some brains with a joylessness that is thoroughly enjoyable. It's like he never left.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 2, 2010
Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have sadly sacrificed some of the original's cultural specificity and its slow-burn quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 1, 2010
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 1, 2010
Edge of Darkness is a meathead revenge picture, but it's very satisfying.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 29, 2010
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 29, 2010
Gibson looks every bit his age, but he can still bring the fierce determination as well as anyone in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 29, 2010
The only edge here is in the title. This is indeed your father's thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 29, 2010
A conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of tedium and confusion.
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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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 29, 2010
Without action, compelling characters or a coherent point of view, Edge of Darkness doesn't have a glimmer of good qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 29, 2010
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.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 28, 2010
A crime drama that's exciting in the moment and that lingers in the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 28, 2010
Gibson remains -- despise or defend him -- a uniquely fascinating screen presence as our shattered hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Allis
Boston Globe
January 28, 2010
A long, complicated affair that has its moments but suffers from an overwrought plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: C
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 28, 2010
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 27, 2010
How did this canny, savvy performer get roped into such a dud for his big acting comeback?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 27, 2010
The film depends on Gibson's performance, and he comes through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
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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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 26, 2010
There's undeniable catharsis -- albeit an ugly, somewhat unsettling catharsis -- in Edge of Darkness.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 25, 2010
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.