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Dark Matter Reviews

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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
Edward Douglas
April 10, 2008
A seriously misguided effort in attempting to explore what might lead a normally quiet and intelligent university student to lose control and go on a shooting spree.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
Aside from depicting American academia as a cutthroat environment that can inspire deadly resentment, there's not much going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
Geoff Berkshire
April 11, 2008
You could charge Streep with stealing the movie but there's not much to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
Dark Matter's insights go no deeper than 'chickens coming home to roost' banality.
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
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+
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
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John Anderson
April 10, 2008
It concludes in a way that will have you asking whether the ending was misguided, or maybe it was just the rest of the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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 naïve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
February 13, 2008
Meryl Streep guest stars on a special episode of Sunrise Earth, doing Method Tai Chi while heavenly chorines, chanting in Hollywood Sanskrit, bemoan the eternal tragedy of man.
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 7, 2008
Director Chen Shi-Zheng is inconsistent from one scene to the next, alternating clichés with convincing, specific details. The film never quite earns its whopper of a finale.
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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-
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
April 10, 2008
Dark Matter is certainly interesting, and easy to sit through, but not as compelling as it wants to be.
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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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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
January 30, 2007
A middling academic drama that passes pleasantly enough for roughly an hour before detouring into a tacked-on tragic climax.
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