Critics Consensus

Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.



Total Count: 54


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Three weeks ago, just before the lunar eclipse, American teenager Regina and her family moved into a charming old house in the remote Spanish countryside. Since then, nothing has been the same. Day by day, a strange force seems to be pulling the family apart and Regina is the only one brave enough to search for answers. However, she is about to discover the answers to all her questions lie deep within the walls of their new home: something has been waiting here for her family's arrival; something ancient and wicked; something looking for retribution; a force as bottomless and hungry as the dark itself. Now, darkness is closing in on Regina's family, and she's their only chance for survival.


Critic Reviews for Darkness

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (52)

  • As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation.

    Jan 8, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.

    Sep 26, 2005 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • We know that the house is haunted, because the family who's just moved in has to deal with the lights always flickering out. They should have called the movie The Fuse Box Horror.

    Jan 5, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Plot elements exist for their own sake, with little or no explanation or relationship to each other, leaving the story such a muddle that it's hard to tell if the actors are doing their jobs.

    Dec 30, 2004 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.

    Dec 30, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Darkness

  • Jul 02, 2011
    I thought the story to this was pretty good, but it just got really slow in some parts. But It's still a pretty good horror flick.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2011
    Not as bad as many critics have said - it is true that it is disappointing in terms of plot and script but there is some creepy atmosphere occurring and the cast are good although outgunned by its weaknesses.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2010
    Such a suck ass movie. The acting and script are so awful it makes me nauseous. The entire plot was horribly executed as well. It was such a boring movie. I would also like the punch in the face whoever did the film editing. Some parts were trying to be suspenseful, but the film editing was so awful it seemed like the movie was having a seizure. In one part where the lights go off, the camera is focused on the father's bleeding hand, then it switches upstairs to the boy's room, then rushes outside and focuses on some swings in the rain (wtf??? so random), then goes back to the father's hand, then goes upstairs, then goes downstairs where the mother is trying to turn on the lights....it's like the movie has freakin ADD. This movie needs some medication. The potential was there, but everything else was not.
    Japes . Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2010
    Too convoluted to be scary or even entertaining.
    Laura C Super Reviewer

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