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Dark Horse Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 26, 2012
Even the gentle side of filmmaker Todd Solondz turns out to be pretty nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2012
[Solondz] pulls one too many narrative stunts, with one too many dream sequences, calling into question the reality of everything that's happened - including that soap-operatic finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 15, 2012
It's brutal to watch, and perhaps mercifully short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 12, 2012
[A] wonderfully realized and surprisingly understated dark satire...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Miles Fielder
The List
July 12, 2012
There's something ultimately moving as well as funny in Abe's conflict with himself. It gives Dark Horse a degree of dramatic weight missing from his other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
July 4, 2012
Solondz's sweetest film is still terrifically bitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 1, 2012
In his bitter humour I always find a twitch on the moral compass.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 29, 2012
The picture is funnier than anything he has yet made. There are worse ways of playing familiar themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 29, 2012
The characters run the gamut from near-comatose to shrill, all of them awful, and what seems to aspire to being a modern comedy of manners is simply a mean-spirited satire on such close but paradoxically unloving families.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 29, 2012
It's a typical Solondz portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Omer Ali
Little White Lies
June 29, 2012
The opaque finale leaves much to ponder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 29, 2012
A film that blurs reality and fantasy, inviting our laughter but also earning our sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2012
You have to admire the filmmaker for what he has achieved thus far in Dark Horse, and mourn Abe's premature departure from the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 28, 2012
As awful as Abe is, you can't help rooting for him as he struggles to get his life in order, all while his vivid fantasy world seems to be closing in on him.
| Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 28, 2012
Somewhat of a sinister Hyde to Woody Allen's Dr Jekyll, counting inner aura and image, Solondz taps into pervasive suburban despair that could qualify as one of Dante's Circles of Hell, by way of the Long Island Expressway. Love In The Time Of Hepatitis.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 28, 2012
After the death-metal of emotional horror in his earlier movies, Solondz gives us quieter chamber music in a minor key.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 28, 2012
Jordan Gelber's tubby, entitled man-child finds romance, of a sort, in this witheringly deadpan lark from Todd Solondz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 28, 2012
No Solondz classic; but nasty-nice, beautiful (sort of) and deftly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 26, 2012
Solondz's latest, 'Dark Horse', is similar to his first film, 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' (1995), in the way it piles cruelties on one misguided character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 25, 2012
Less confrontational than most Solondz movies, in that it refrains from violence or kink, but still unsettling and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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