Dark Places Reviews

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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.
January 21, 2016
All in all, its contrivances might have been indulged more satisfyingly in a TV miniseries.
January 19, 2016
That unnerving way Flynn has of taking us to dark, deliciously twisted places has been utterly massacred.
August 14, 2015
The third offering from Flynn Dark Places does its best to stir a multitude of emotions within us, but in doing so, the film feels contrived and hurried.
August 13, 2015
The surface level generic pleasures of Dark Places and the stellar cast are entertaining enough, even if it doesn't quite stick the landing.
August 9, 2015
The mystery itself eventually becomes tiresome and shrug-worthy, even as the film breathlessly racks up the revelations.
August 7, 2015
Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner marshaled a top-tier cast and commanded them to tromp across Flynn's intelligent bestseller like investigators muddying a crime scene.
August 7, 2015
Each flashback or revelatory conversation fills in a few more details of the overheated story without giving us a reason to care about it in the first place.
August 7, 2015
While there is still some flicking at the book's more human themes of best-intentioned familial deceit, forgiveness and healing, they're all but blotted out by Gilles Paquet-Brenner's slapdash direction.
August 7, 2015
The mystery unspools slowly, with so many different twists and turns it's impossible to figure it out ahead of time. That's fine. By the time you get there, however, you probably won't care anymore.
August 7, 2015
Dingy and dumb. Instead of a quickened pulse, it results in multiple yawns and a "So, that's it? Meh."
August 6, 2015
Welcome to "Dark Places," where you can spend nearly two hours in the presence of some of the most unpleasant people you'll ever have the misfortune to encounter at the movies.
August 6, 2015
A convoluted, airless procedural that generates practically no suspense and little that's thematically resonant about lost souls and poisoned memories.
August 6, 2015
Paquet-Brenner wrings the suspense out of "Dark Places" almost from the get-go, with a plodding pace and characters who are meant to be powerfully repressed but only come across as drab.
August 6, 2015
A brooding performance by Oscar winner Charlize Theron ... elevates the material from mediocre into bearable.
August 6, 2015
"Dark Places" isn't a disaster of a film. Instead, it's the definition of average, and we wish it could have taken us to some more interesting places.
August 6, 2015
Inexpert execution, lazy attention to detail and a lackluster lead performance conspire to render a juicy mystery rather boring.
August 6, 2015
Existential questions aside, the surface-level generic pleasures of "Dark Places" and the stellar cast are entertaining enough, even if it doesn't quite stick the landing.
August 3, 2015
Dark Places just becomes an overstuffed, low-simmer potboiler with too many improbable detours and overly convenient twists.
April 7, 2015
It keeps the guessing game going long enough to compensate for some otherwise shallow characterizations, while Theron offers up an earnest and downbeat turn that says a lot with little dialogue ...
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