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Dark Days Reviews

March 3, 2014
This is the world discovered and illuminated by gonzo documentarian Marc Singer, who spent a good part of two years living with and chronicling the lives of a half-dozen tunnel dwellers for his remarkable first film, Dark Days
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2014
Moving and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2014
The lives of these people inside their shacks are full of surprises as well as grim confirmations, but the things we don't know about them also significantly shape our experience of the film.
March 3, 2014
Singer deserves credit for attempting to put a human face on such tragic circumstances, but he appears to have gotten so close to his main subjects that he seems unwilling to make them, or their desperate situation, look too bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2014
Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2014
Revealing, if occasionally frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2014
A fascinating, beautifully photographed portrait of a vanished community: a group of homeless people who built a shanty town in the train tunnels beneath Penn Station.
March 3, 2014
Singer's stark black-and-white photography renders their world with the abstract horror of a German expressionist film, yet he's equally skilled at coaxing the grim personal stories of life underground.
March 3, 2014
Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
March 3, 2014
Singer achieves remarkable intimacy with his subjects, who share their experiences and joke around with the man behind the camera as freely as they do with their peers.
September 7, 2011
The movie, as heroic as it may have been to produce, is more noteworthy for its intentions than its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 28, 2011
Marc Singer's feted 2000 doc about a Manhattan subterranean community has lost none of its power since its debut.
March 26, 2009
Dark Days is a well-paced look at an undeniably riveting subject.
January 26, 2006
A remarkable film, and an unmissable rediscovery.
March 19, 2002
A celebration of human resourcefulness, Dark Days is also an indictment of the society that makes such resourcefulness a necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2001
Told from deep inside by people who trusted Singer enough to be open and candid, the film treats its subjects straight-on, without the kinds of patronizing or romanticizing that often mar generically well-meaning documentaries on the dispossessed.
February 14, 2001
The result is an eye-opener that takes us into Singer's experience and turns our perceptions of the homeless inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
If any urban setting conjures up an image of the bowels of hell, surely this is it. And 'Dark Days records it in stark black-and-white pictures that stir the most primal fears of subsisting in a world without light.
January 1, 2000
It's a near-great film, reminiscent of the early Frederick Wiseman movies like Welfare and Hospital that left you both aghast and exhilarated at what human beings are capable of.
January 1, 2000
Marc Singer's film shows an extraordinary world that exists below the streets of Manhattan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4