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Dark Horse Reviews

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July 10, 2016
Acerbic character study.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 3, 2016
An exercise in compassionate misanthropy.
November 27, 2013
A typically ineffective effort from Todd Solondz...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 5, 2012
Solondz seems to be making a statement about arrested development and the harsh realities of loneliness and age, but it's so clumsily and irritatingly executed that his arguments remain difficult to see.
September 27, 2012
Age seems to have softened Todd Solondz and it is a real shame, as we have tonnes of optimistic filmmakers but only one of him. Come back, Todd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 12, 2012
"Dark Horse" ends up being a film about loneliness, and the desperate things people will think and do to escape it. And, for once, Solondz doesn't sneer at that desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2012
Though Dark Horse is disturbing and funny like most Solondz pictures, it's also mystifyingly touching; it moves into totally unexpected places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2012
It would be unfair and patronizing to say that Solondz needs to grow up, but "Dark Horse" suggests that it's time for the bard of bourgeois hypocrisy to consider moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 14, 2012
The title could be taken as indicative of the film's chances of scoring outside of Solonfz's small cadre of followers, but 'Dark Horse' indicates that a grain of empathy has made its way into his usual desert of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 9, 2012
The suffocating darkness of much of Solondz's work has diminished here, but so has the humor, and it never reaches the massive catharsis of a film like Happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2012
Solondz has made a career out of specializing in highly aberrant views of middle-class life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 9, 2012
That Gelber can make Abe appealing in any way is a triumph. That Solondz can orchestrate such a feat is an even bigger one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 9, 2012
Solondz will never be much for happy endings, but the film is strangely optimistic and at times borders ever-so-slightly on the whimsical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2012
Seizing the role, and the screen, Jordan Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2012
With champion bloodlines from Walken and Farrow, "Dark Horse" could have been a contender, but it gets so skittish about trodding a familiar path that it pulls up lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2012
Offers a wealth of small pleasures, but as a whole, it fails to make much of an impact, exhausting direction the longer it pursues a dreamscape tone that only seems to retain perfect shape in the helmer's head.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 29, 2012
When he's hot, (Todd Solondz)... has an uncanny ability to find both absurdist comedy and poignant drama in the vicissitudes of everyday characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
July 27, 2012
The director's claustrophobic vision of optimistic youth slowly curdling into a hellish maelstrom of middle-age malaise is still a fun ride if you enjoy that sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2012
For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 26, 2012
Todd Solondz, the dean of depressive comedy, is back with another funny, shocking, emotionally probing original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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