Out in the Dark Reviews

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Silvija Ozols
Time Out
September 24, 2013
About 45 minutes in, the film's uneasy détente between subtlety and movie machinery fails outright ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
July 4, 2013
An intimate and affecting drama that slowly turns suspenseful, but the second act lacks focus and the chemistry between the two main actors just isn't strong enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2013
Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Henry Barnes
Guardian
July 4, 2013
There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
Borders on the boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 27, 2013
By the end, Nimr and Roy have become heavy-handed symbols for the ongoing clash of ideologies in the Middle East. "Out in the Dark" fared better when it treated them as people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Breen
HeyUGuys
July 2, 2013
An intimate and immersive drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
The movie is involving, the romance affecting, the sex sound, and the catch-as-catch-can handheld camerawork smartly appropriate for the scenario ...
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
December 26, 2013
I enjoyed this one quite a bit it was the ending that struck me as the most impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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September 26, 2013
Tel Aviv and the West Bank may be worlds apart in terms of culture, politics and religion, but Mayer cleverly merges them into a single claustrophobic continuum of paranoia, violence and corruption that corrodes everything it touches.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 27, 2013
The best gay-themed films I've yet seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2013
"Out in the Dark" isn't a political film by any stretch, but the intrigue and prejudices of the Arab-Israeli conflict certainly fuel the romance and thrills of this entertaining, taut movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
October 11, 2013
Intense intimate look beyond tragic premise of Romeo & Romeo across Israel/Palestine wall. . . Suspense thrillingly builds to options the lovers have [for] romantic optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Josh Winning
Total Film
July 3, 2013
By turns dynamic, dangerous and bursting with passion, Out In The Dark is a stark, swoonsome romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
July 7, 2013
A tender gay romance conducted across the Gaza Strip that flips into thriller territory halfway through, to unsettling effect.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2012
Sociologically, the film is fascinating; dramatically, it is a borderline disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 26, 2013
Even though the plot defies credibility at several points, "Out in the Dark" is gripping, and Nimr's tearful exile from his family breaks your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2013
Ratchets up the tension on its appealing lead characters in believable, heartfelt ways while spinning out an edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue. It's unique, powerful stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
A brilliant exploration of the challenges facing homosexuals in other parts of the developed world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
Though it's rather clumsily scripted, formulaic in structure and sometimes contrived, Out In The Dark is strengthened by its subtext and elevated by tender, affecting performances from the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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