The Darkest Hour Reviews

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Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
January 12, 2012
Sensationally poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
January 11, 2012
With Moscow-emptied out, a la London in 28 Days Later, it is visually impressive but plodding and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 11, 2012
A visually ambitious but decidedly lightweight thriller about scarcely visible aliens attacking earth for its power supply.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 11, 2012
An awkward re-hash of any number of superior movies ending in a risible liaison with a CGI submarine that would look unrealistic in an episode of Bagpuss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 11, 2012
Dismal, poorly directed and badly thought-out sci-fi thriller that quickly squanders its intriguing premise in favour of under-developed characters running and shouting for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
January 10, 2012
If you can get past the hokey premise, then you could be in for a good time with this lumbering 3D disaster-porn noisemaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 10, 2012
There's literally nothing here that works: the SFX are limp, the acting is dire and director Chris Gorak seems to be fighting a losing battle with the concept of narrative logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 9, 2012
A familiar yet watchable thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 7, 2012
The Darkest Hour is hardly original at this point, and though many of its fellow alien invasion movies are terrible, this one has the "advantage" of being merely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 6, 2012
The kills are super-cool, as invisible energy 'ghosts' from outer space flash-fry humans (and dogs) in dust-devil swirls of ash and spark; unfortunately, everything else is utterly perfunctory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
January 6, 2012
This is possibly the most joy-sucking film of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 3, 2012
In the rise and fall of Emile Hirsch's career, this is the fall
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 31, 2011
Dim-witted apocalyptic disaster
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 31, 2011
It opts for less of the same old thing, but with more cruddy CGI and even more predictable results.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
December 30, 2011
A generic let-down that isn't bad enough even to be memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dave White
Movies.com
December 30, 2011
Yes, there's a getaway submarine in this movie. What if it were driven by a cat? Why shouldn't it be driven by a cat? No reason, right? That's right. It could totally happen, just as easily as anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 30, 2011
This seems like a very haphazardly pieced-together flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
December 28, 2011
It's clear from early on that these characters are as indistinct and lazily rendered as the floating blobs chasing them.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 28, 2011
Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in The Happening has a film tried to provoke terror with such an unlikely object of menace.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
December 27, 2011
Its handful of inspired moments arrive amid oceans of wasted opportunities: never awful, but utterly forgettable in their familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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