In Darkness Reviews

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James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: A-
Alison Willmore
The Playlist
March 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: A-
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 11, 2014
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.
Michael Brooke
Sight and Sound
March 11, 2014
Though the film's factual basis dictates an upbeat ending, much of the journey is appropriately and memorably grim.
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
September 8, 2013
The title says it all, really.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
September 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2012
With any serious, well-made drama about the horrors of the Holocaust comes the value its worthiness over its qualities as entertainment...In Darkness is gritty, gruelling stuff...But it is a long, slow-moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 25, 2012
In Darkness is a complex film as the divisions between acting for mercenary reasons and ethical ones are often uncertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 21, 2012
Emotionally demanding and cinematically challenging, In Darkness tells us - repeats for us - what we must always remember about human nature: everyone can redeem themselves
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 16, 2012
"In Darkness" is a powerful film about those who refuse to yield, either to certain death or to complicity with evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012 extraordinarily well-made film, one that manages to effectively convey small truths about the nature of being human.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 21, 2012
For her latest film, Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) again turns to a fascinating footnote from that chapter in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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