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Dark Skies Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 4, 2013
Time and again, Stewart squanders the opportunity to do anything remotely interesting or worthwhile ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2013
There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.
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February 25, 2013
Dark Skies is sort of supernatural, but it's really more super natural....[it's] about the fragility of family, a muted meditation on how precious it is.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
February 24, 2013
Stewart has some lofty ambitions, some of which he almost fulfills.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
February 22, 2013
Those elements are employed with consummate dexterity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2013
Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 22, 2013
It's not that Dark Skies is so awful you need to be warned away from it. It's just that it's so bland you might as well find something better to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2013
Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 22, 2013
The movie builds a moderate, if less than monumental, level of spookiness, regardless of your ignorance. It's a workmanlike piece of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 22, 2013
A pretty good buildup to OK payoff without any real surprises en route makes Dark Skies feel just enough above average to make one wish it had one memorable spark of conceptual inspiration up its sleeve.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 22, 2013
A smart little chiller, one that can be read as a metaphor for the American family in crisis during tough economic times or merely as a tense exploration of things that go bump in the night.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 22, 2013
It's a generic repository of everything that's currently en vogue in commercial horror: a PG-13 haunted-house movie with body possession, lots of digital shocks, and some of the surveillance-cam creep of the Paranormal Activity series.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2013
Sci-fi and horror fans know to keep watching the skies - but they won't be missing too much if they decide to skip this.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 22, 2013
Mostly ... it all ends up feeling like a lost, minor episode of "The X-Files:" A little scary, a little silly and catnip for those who want to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 22, 2013
Dark Skies is an alien-abduction thriller where the biggest acts of appropriation involve the lifting of plots from other - and often better - films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
February 22, 2013
Writer-director Scott Stewart doesn't want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it's easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He's not really holding anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4