Dark River (2018)


Critic Consensus: Dark River is just as bleak as its title would suggest, but solidly conceived characters and a standout performance from Ruth Wilson make it worth diving in.


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Following the death of her father, Alice (Golden Globe (R)-winner Ruth Wilson, "The Affair") returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Mark Stanley, "Game of Thrones") the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. From acclaimed filmmaker Clio Barnard, one of the premier new voices in British cinema, DARK RIVER is a taut and powerful psychological drama.

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (10)

The kind of movie that mistakes rumbling storm clouds and restless sheep for plot development.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Even in the swelling canon of British rural miserabilism, this unrelentingly intense psychodrama burrows beneath the skin.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

"Dark River" is a forgettable title for a movie that's anything but.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully crafted, moodily evocative film that's missing just one spark of true inspiration.

Jun 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Dark fare indeed, and you won't shake it off easily.

Jun 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Wilson and Stanley are both excellent performers and they are the mainstays of a valuable piece of work, but I felt the ending was contrived and a bit grandiloquent.

Sep 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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