• R, 2 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Agnieszka Holland
    In Theaters:
    Feb 10, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 12, 2012
  • Sony Pictures

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In Darkness Reviews

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

Unique among Holocaust films, Agnieszka Holland's Academy Award-nominated In Darkness is set during World War II in a small town in Poland named Lvov (now a part of the Ukraine).

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A-

March 11, 2014
Alison Willmore
The Playlist

Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A-

March 11, 2014
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Just when you thought you could never watch another drama about surviving the Holocaust, veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland unearths an astonishing saga from a subterranean past.

Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine

March 11, 2014
Michael Brooke
Sight and Sound

Though the film's factual basis dictates an upbeat ending, much of the journey is appropriately and memorably grim.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 11, 2014
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

The title says it all, really.

Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

September 8, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

The Academy Award-nominated film does not disappoint in terms of performances or presentation, except for its length. A good percentage of its 145 minutes is spent in subterranean near-darkness.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The effect of all this slow-moving redundancy is like 'Schindler's List' on sleeping pills. It turns a tale of improbable rescue and survival into a boring homework assignment.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

March 7, 2013
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

In Darkness is an emotionally tough, well made film that shows that, despite their inherent familiarity, there are still plenty of great stories to emerge from mankind's darkest hour.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

The main thrust of the film mines the familiar territory of Schindler's List for sure, but In Darkness distinguishes itself by mixing strong characterizations of the families living underground with lots of suspense and claustrophobia.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2012

With any serious, well-made drama about the horrors of the Holocaust comes the impulse...to value its worthiness over its qualities as entertainment...In Darkness is gritty, gruelling stuff...But it is a long, slow-moving story.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 27, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

With straits at least as dire as those in The Diary of Anne Frank (and moral dimensions far more murky), In Darkness deals with survival at whatever cost, including compromise of personal principles. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

In Darkness is a complex film as the divisions between acting for mercenary reasons and ethical ones are often uncertain.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Emotionally demanding and cinematically challenging, In Darkness tells us - repeats for us - what we must always remember about human nature: everyone can redeem themselves

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 21, 2012
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"In Darkness" is a powerful film about those who refuse to yield, either to certain death or to complicity with evil.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 16, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an extraordinarily well-made film, one that manages to effectively convey small truths about the nature of being human.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

April 29, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For her latest film, Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) again turns to a fascinating footnote from that chapter in history.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2012
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Though the film seems a bit long at almost two and a half hours, Holland needs that time to make the huddled cluster of Jews distinguishable as individuals.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 20, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

What lingers aren't Holland's recreated atrocities but simpler, unexpected moments, as when a little girl who has become used to life in a sewer removes a rat from atop her coloring book as nonchalantly as if it were a fallen leaf.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2012
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This tale of fugitive Polish Jews hiding under the streets of Lvov, aided by a reluctant Catholic sewerage inspector, may be based on true events, but it sometimes feels like an entire season of soap opera scripts crammed into feature length.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

March 30, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

When the film ends, you will feel - as do the Jews who return to the surface -that you need to gulp down as much fresh air as your lungs can hold.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2012
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