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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.
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 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
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
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
July 15, 2012
It's brutal to watch, and perhaps mercifully short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2012
[A] wonderfully realized and surprisingly understated dark satire...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
July 4, 2012
Solondz's sweetest film is still terrifically bitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 1, 2012
In his bitter humour I always find a twitch on the moral compass.
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
June 29, 2012
It's a typical Solondz portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2012
The opaque finale leaves much to ponder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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