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Dark Matter Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
We know we're in strange territory from the opening shot.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 5, 2011
Xing is surprised to discover Western academics are just as ruthless as communist apparatchiks and, ill equipped emotionally to handle humiliation, he takes his guns to town.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
Begins with a shot of Meryl Streep practicing tai chi, and therein lies a precise encapsulation of the film's attitude toward the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures
Brian Orndorf
March 25, 2009
Buttressed by outstanding, unpredictable performances and a beguiling mood of raw nerve collegiate ambition, Matter develops erratically but intelligently.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nora Lee Mandel
December 7, 2008
Poignantly and sympathetically gets inside the confused head of an Asian immigrant rarely seen in film, a grad student flummoxed by American culture and academic politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The film does a fine job of displaying the contrasts between these tense, formalized Chinese students and the faux populist American academics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
May 2, 2008
There is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from actual events, but it's a tricky business, and Dark Matter does no one right by sticking to the shocking conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
April 18, 2008
A remarkable whisper of a movie as well, for something that deals with a subject as alarming as campus violence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
April 18, 2008
There is no need for a scene in which your hero loses touch with reality via cockeyed camera trickery and thumping techno music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2008
It is easy to see the film as two movies crammed together, neither of them being very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
April 16, 2008
Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
April 14, 2008
While imperfect, the high caliber of acting as well as these lucid moments in the earlier part of the film are strong and memorable highlights with which to leave the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 11, 2008
Written by Billy Shebar and directed by opera director Chen Shi-Zheng, this visually sophisticated film has been criticized for turning a deeply disturbed individual into a "hero," but nothing could be further from the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2008
There's little in Billy Shebar's script, the rambling direction by theater and opera helmer Chen Shi-Zheng - or Liu Ye's impassive performance as the student.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 11, 2008
Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 11, 2008
Don't be fooled by the presence of Meryl Streep in the cast. This glum, inert psychological drama features little of her presence - and could have used much more.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
An unsuccessful mix of drama and social warning. Post-Virginia Tech, Dark Matter seems merely na´ve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 11, 2008
Dark Matter, with its view of cutthroat politics and competing egos inside a university, is also laudable in its refusal to soft-pedal the viciously petty side of the academic fishbowl.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 11, 2008
A sharp and engaging study of the yearning for academic success; unfortunately, its impact is thrown out the window with a shocking and depressing finale.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 11, 2008
...an interesting study of Chinese students trying to assimilate into the American educational system that fails to lay the groundwork for its violent ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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