Dark Skies Reviews

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September 18, 2019
Dark Skies is alien encounter done on the cheap.
June 8, 2019
Puts a new spin on a tired subgenre.
December 4, 2018
Dark Skies works best when it leans on this nerve. It's tapping into a low-level fear, but one that's extremely relatable, and therefore more able to get under one's skin than a typical boogeyman.
December 4, 2018
Alas, several decades of Majestic 12 conspiracy theories work to undermine the novelty and Stewart's best efforts. Fun, nonetheless.
December 4, 2018
There's a definite bittersweet tone to the end of Dark Skies and it's a bold departure from the endings from such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Poltergeist or even Signs, but Stewart didn't quite bring it all the way home.
December 4, 2018
Alien abductions are a truly terrifying idea, and building an alien abduction movie on the template of "Poltergeist" is a great idea. But "Poltergeist" had one thing "Dark Skies" is sorely in need of: follow-through.
December 4, 2018
Russell and Hamilton convince as the initially skeptical parents who come under suspicion from neighbors, but are eclipsed by the subtle performance of Dakota Goyo as their troubled eldest son.
December 4, 2018
Unfortunately, for a supposedly scary movie, the only thing from above that may chill you when you leave the theater is rain.
December 4, 2018
Dark Skies is utterly generic, down to a meaningless title lifted from the 1996 X-Files knock-off TV series.
December 4, 2018
The story is oddly pessimistic. Nothing is learned, no victory is achieved, and even the expected "twist" ending is curiously dull. It's as if the aliens have already won.
October 22, 2018
Leaving the theatre, there's an indistinct feeling that something is missing from the film; but that doesn't keep it from being a generally spine-tingling experience.
September 1, 2017
Poltergeist meets The X-Files when an average US suburban family is plunged into horror, blah blah blah.
August 24, 2015
Works perfectly well as a turn-off-the-lights (and be-willing-to-play-along) piece of sci-fi-sprinkled horror amusement.
October 3, 2014
Sneaks by being a retread, mainly because of the really thick tension and suspense [the director] pulls off with an effective score and sharp direction.
February 20, 2014
Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.
October 9, 2013
Dark Skies won't totally scratch that itch for a good scare, but it's a welcome treat for those who follow the old X-Files credo, "The truth is out there".
August 5, 2013
When writer-director Scott Stewart eventually reveals his hand, the film loses its way, but Hamilton and Russell's solidly convincing performances keep things more grounded than you might expect.
June 7, 2013
Dark Skies unveils its horror slowly, creating a suspenseful ride that feels satisfying even though we're traveling a familiar road.
June 1, 2013
Dark Skies is a slow-burn paranormal horror film that spends way too much time on setup and not enough on reveal.
May 28, 2013
...the film, for the most part, contains many elements that have been employed in other similarly-themed endeavors...
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