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Darkness Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2007
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 15, 2005
| Original Score: D
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
December 30, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
December 30, 2004
Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2004
It's unoriginal, frequently incomprehensible and cheaply made, and moviegoers should avoid theaters that show this film just to eliminate the chance of walking in accidentally.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
December 28, 2004
Moments hint at a metaphoric statement on child abuse, but the film proves mainly to be a commentary on poor electrical wiring.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 28, 2004
Although director Balaguero displays a talent for spooky visuals and creating an atmosphere of quietly simmering tension, his screenplay (co-written by Fernando de Felipe) is a compendium of barely connected scenes that ultimately lapse into incoherence.
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December 27, 2004
Though pic boasts decent perfs, potent atmospherics and eye-catching visuals, both psychology and plot are bargain-basement.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 27, 2004
Every aspect of the film is slipshod and second-hand.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Ned Martel
New York Times
December 27, 2004
Offers no inventive takes on its characters, shows no fearsome new way of presenting a haunted house and elicits not one palpitation from audiences paying for a few good jolts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 27, 2004
Too mechanical to be either persuasive or scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5