Dark Night Reviews

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March 8, 2018
Dark Night is an extraordinarily accomplished mood piece saddled with a shallow condemnation of middle-American culture. The whole movie is like an extended art-house PSA.
September 6, 2017
[Dark Night] takes a macro approach to a disjointed society where guns are freely available and routinely glamorised.
August 20, 2017
Dark Night offers nothing in the way of revelation, social or aesthetic.
August 18, 2017
Occasionally too emblematic as individuals, the characters collectively mesh into a portrait of a dislocated society elevated by Sutton's talent for disorienting imagery.
August 17, 2017
This is an alarmingly trivial film that is also, allegedly, a commentary on the July 2012 mass shooting at a Colorado multiplex showing The Dark Knight Rises.
August 17, 2017
An ambitious, relevant piece of filmmaking that promises to make you think.
August 10, 2017
A worthy - if chilly and difficult - addition to the sadly extensive filmography of American mass murder. The soundtrack from Canadian singer-songwriter Maica Armata adds some much-needed heart.
February 23, 2017
Dark Night is an atmospheric, anxiety-tweaking outing. But cinematic elegance is not enough when the stakes are so very high.
February 17, 2017
Dark Night is fascinated by the phenomena of domestic mass shootings, but it's less an act of investigation than one of imagination.
February 8, 2017
Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate.
February 3, 2017
A haunting, thought-provoking piece of work, made infinitely more powerful by all the things it chooses not to show.
February 3, 2017
At its prettiest and most self-indulgent, it plays like a cinematographer's reel with a massacre at the end.
February 2, 2017
The wordplay of the title is sufficiently egregious that a potential viewer is apt to think, "Well, if it got a distributor, it has to be better than that." It is not.
February 2, 2017
[Sutton] has a poet's vision, rendering familiar American nowheres into dreamscapes.
February 2, 2017
Dark Night isn't really a polemic. It's a mysterious elegy for a community on the verge of a nightmarish crucible.
January 30, 2017
There are serious risks in the movie's approach.
November 7, 2016
At its strongest, Dark Night taps into the emptiness, hurt and longing beneath the pings and swipes of our "connected" world. But for all its artfulness, the film doesn't shed light so much as push buttons.
June 25, 2016
Tim Sutton's film often surprises on the micro level, but its broader execution gives reason for pause.
June 18, 2016
We know where he's headed, which allows some agonizing false alarms; he's toying with our expectation for bloodshed, and, on some level, our hunger for it.
January 26, 2016
The film seeks to offer an abstract essay on the isolated youth of the US - which it does, in a breathtakingly fearless and measured manner.
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