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Dark Matter Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
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
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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
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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-
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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 naïve.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 10, 2008
It's an inelegant experiment that captures many intriguing moments as they pass, but ends up utterly baffled by the question of how its delightful central character becomes a tabloid-ready monster.
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John Anderson
Newsday
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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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.
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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.
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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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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 2, 2007
Challenging subject matter best suited to discerning audiences.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 30, 2007
A middling academic drama that passes pleasantly enough for roughly an hour before detouring into a tacked-on tragic climax.