Dark Places Reviews

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July 16, 2019
Dark Places rarely rises above the level of tepid episode of "Cold Case."
April 8, 2019
The possibility of fast-tracking another of Gillian Flynn's intricately plotted thrillers from page to screen must have seemed like a fantastic idea... To call the final product a botch job would be a considerable kindness; it's just plain awful.
August 30, 2018
[An] apathetic film with no fire in its belly.
January 11, 2018
All this leaves us with Charlize Theron, an unquestionably talented actress who has somehow failed to find her rightful place.
December 13, 2017
... what is exposed is revealing, but the form does not end up being conclusive. [Full review in Spanish]
December 3, 2017
Well over half of the twists don't work and will either leave you groaning or laughing
October 17, 2017
Dark Places aims for the same kind of shocking twists and reveals as Gone Girl, but falls woefully short.
October 11, 2017
It's simply an exercise in a kind of grimness that Quebecoise directors seem to enjoy (cf. Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners). But if that's your idea of a good time, you're advised to stick with the novel.
September 20, 2017
It is Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and supporting cast members like Chloe Grace Moretz and Christina Hendricks, who make this worth exploring.
August 22, 2017
Dark Places has all the building blocks of a good feature-and then forces everyone in it to motormouth through heavy-handed dialogue, trying to cram a fairly complex novel into an uninspired two-hour crime drama.
January 2, 2017
Workmanlike, lean and diverting but ultimately lacking in key things a strong sense of place and a true feeling of darkness. Which is a bit of a blow, given the title.
April 6, 2016
Dark Places has suggestions of a moody true-crime drama ... But languid pacing, poor directorial choices and a series of narrative dead ends make watching it a tiresome chore.
April 5, 2016
Wishy-washy and all-round characterless, Dark Places is neither as dark nor as daring as its synopsis, title and everything else about it suggests. In fact, it's disappointingly vanilla and a film better left off for a small-screen viewing.
March 8, 2016
Based on another page-turner by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, mystery thriller Dark Places can't match its predecessor for throat-grabbing suspense.
January 25, 2016
The film races through the endless flashbacks and clichd material and winds up feeling a bit of a potboiler.
January 24, 2016
Paquet-Brenner invests the split-time action with some brooding menace and the cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd, does his best to lend some urgency, even as things spiral from suspense into outright silliness.
January 22, 2016
The film, overall, is fatally uncertain of its identity - never quite certain whether it's a gruesome murder-mystery out to shock us or a heavy, character-based drama about a family torn apart.
January 22, 2016
Made-for-TV direction and a twist which makes Gone Girl's revelation seem totally plausible dims Dark Places.
January 22, 2016
Theron is solid enough in the lead role, and the central mystery is reasonably intriguing before the beans are spilled.
January 21, 2016
All in all, its contrivances might have been indulged more satisfyingly in a TV miniseries.
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