Dark River Reviews

October 31, 2018
Barnard's main problem is that she makes everything so earnestly subservient to the shallow, singular conceit of her narrative.
June 29, 2018
The kind of movie that mistakes rumbling storm clouds and restless sheep for plot development.
June 25, 2018
While Clio Barnard so masterfully limns her protagonist's tortured soul, the brother-sister drama at the center of the film remains frustratingly hazy.
February 26, 2018
Dark secrets, general unhappiness and big performances abound in an unrelenting misery-fest that leaves you with the feeling that writer-director Clio Barnard is trying too hard.
February 23, 2018
Barnard prefers her characters to internalise their feelings, not articulate them, which becomes frustrating for the audience long before the end. Or rather, t' end.
February 22, 2018
There are occasional fine, touching moments but, for the most part, it's as heavy-going as it is heavy-handed and some aspects are plain odd.
February 22, 2018
A muddy misstep from an otherwise notable talent.
February 21, 2018
Everything feels generic; from the grey-clouded gorgeous countryside (belying Barnard's stated aversion to putting nature's beauty on a pedestal) to the characters summed up by their tendentiously themed pasts.
November 14, 2017
However, despite the potential in Barnard's thematic setup and Wilson's fine performance, Dark River ultimately amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
October 9, 2017
Clio Barnard has a long career ahead of her, but "Dark River" seems destined to be remembered, years now, as a minor work in her filmography.
September 17, 2017
With such a simple approach to heavy subject matter, Barnard creates a distancing effect that reveals the feebleness of her screenplay and direction.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
This is a kitchen-sink drag.