• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Stiller
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 18, 2008
  • DreamWorks/Paramount Studios

Critic Review - Lessons of Darkness

Big budget, big stars, big concept -- surprisingly little payoff.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (6)
Lessons of Darkness



julianne oconnell

Did your dog die before you went to this movie? Is that why you didn't get it? You were sad?

Sep 7 - 08:24 PM


ismael laos

I agree with the critic. I think it was mildly funny, i dont think it deserves all the hype except for all the actors and cameos.

Sep 8 - 11:35 AM


Wilson Smith

nah...it was hilarious. end of story.

especially tom cruise - that was awesome.

Sep 11 - 04:44 AM


Melissa C

Why is it that the critics just always seem to miss the point of these movies? Is it too incomprehensible for Hollywood to make comedies for people who would rather watch something completely irrelevant or even dumb sometimes? Does everything have to be some incredibly long drawn spiel on some faux-intellectual bs? Personally, judging from the list of reviews of this critic, I don't think he even watches past the first half hour of the movie before spilling out a long list of adjectives as to why each movie sucks.

Sep 23 - 03:00 PM

Daniel S.

Daniel Serotsky

Nah, the critic is totally right.
Melissimo, you berk, film critics criticise films, he didn't miss the point, he's just saying he wanted more, I did too.
"Big concept" he certainly didn't miss the point,if anything he praises the point, but for all it's stars and the money that was poured into it, it was repetative, the Simple Jack gags were funny, but became tired and over used.
I'm also assuming that since he has gone into film criticism, he knows a lot about films, and it would be incredibly ignorant to assume he doesn't understand comedies and always wants "some incredibly long drawn spiel on some faux-intellectual bs". It makes sense for deep and intellectual films to achieve high acclaim as they stimulate one's brain more than a comedy.
Comedies through time have been to entertain, to warm and to be an easy watch, they're not thought evoking as they are often a means of winding down.
I'm not saying that weights of intellect are lacked in comedy, that would be ignorant and untrue, but they are tailored for different means, it just so happened that this particular film was a little too indulged, the vision was blurred. Like after spending 20,000 on a battered old Ford Fiesta, it runs smooth enough, the paint is shiny, but it doesn't quite cut the mustard when compared with a new, luxurious Jaguar.

Nov 23 - 10:46 AM

alex t.

alex threlfall

it wasnt hilarious....it was barely acceptable.

Nov 23 - 10:52 AM

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