Dark Skies Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2013
...the film, for the most part, contains many elements that have been employed in other similarly-themed endeavors...
May 27, 2013
The movie promises fireworks--and it delivers.
May 6, 2013
What body-snatches this beyond being another haunted-home flick is the attention to family breakdown rather than another scare around the next dark corner. It's more about eerieness and creepiness than outlandish confrontations and gory shocks.
April 8, 2013
It's never uninteresting.
April 8, 2013
A moderately effective supernatural tale, an allegory for our anxious times in which a suburban American family appears to be targeted by some malign force that is, as we used to say, "not of this world".
April 4, 2013
An old-fashioned scary movie; a sci-fi horror that is a workmanlike piece of film-making, with some effective shocks, cheerfully borrowing from other sources, most obviously Spielberg.
April 4, 2013
Dark Skies is a good story, well told and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
April 4, 2013
A psychological thriller aiming to avoid the straitjacket of formula.
April 3, 2013
Dark Skies sustains tension by grounding most of the family's torment in reality.
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