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Dark Matter Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
We know we're in strange territory from the opening shot.
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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
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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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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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
Chris Cabin
April 10, 2008
Well-restrained and rarely melodramatic
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
First-time director Chen Shi-Zheng shows great sensitivity to the pressure and isolation felt by Chinese brains at American universities, and the relationship between Liu and Quinn provides a rare look at the intellectual serfdom of graduate study.
Armond White
New York Press
April 9, 2008
It's credit to both Streep and Quinn's integrity that Dark Matter uncovers the natural instincts and social foibles that underpin racism.
Zack Haddad
Film Threat
February 3, 2007
This is a great film, to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 2, 2007
Challenging subject matter best suited to discerning audiences.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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