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Darkon Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 18, 2008
First-time documentarians Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel avoid what might have been the obvious tact here of making fun of these folks, which is a treat...
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November 12, 2007
Joins the ranks of movies like Hoop Dreams and Murderball as one of the great documentary dissections of how Americans play.
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Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
By approaching the subject without a sense of ironic distance, Neel and Meyer get at something elemental, a variation of the American Dream at work, in which everyone can live out their life as they see it, even if that's as a medieval elf.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2007
Eloquent and occasionally touching, Darkon is haphazardly photographed but unfailingly generous toward subjects who exhibit an astonishing degree of self-awareness.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 14, 2007
Neel and Meyer approach their subjects with open minds. Running around Baltimore in medieval armor isn't everyone's chalice of wine, they seem to be saying -- but who are we to judge?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
There should be plenty of material here. But all we see are average men and women looking for an escape from their boring jobs and disappointing home lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 11, 2007
Empowered as they are, it's hard to take this motley crew seriously when they spit medieval maxims with soccer goals in the background, but the filmmakers approach their subjects with humanity.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2007
The film perceptively addresses the intertwining of fantasy and reality, which eventually seems so pronounced that one senses players are acting out their dreams of either being, or striking back against, bullies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
February 22, 2007
There are lessons to be learned here, not the least of which is that you should never trust elf mercenaries, no matter how much you pay them.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2007
How can you not like a movie where a guy says, completely without irony, "During my third campout, I was assassinated seven times."
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 2, 2007
This full-length movie becomes quite wearing. The players are entitled to dignity and respect, of course, but how many of us would spend 89 minutes at a party listening to one of them talk about Darkon? That's pretty much what you get here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 1, 2007
This low-budget documentary by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel spends three years chronicling Darkon, a medieval role-playing group whose members dress up in homemade costumes and chase each other around fields in suburban Baltimore.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2006
For all its hipster appeal, it's hard to imagine anyone who would not be charmed by this ode to nonconformity, a humanistic, thoughtful, and entertaining film that won this year's SXSW Film Fest's Audience Award.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 20, 2006
A clear-eyed and oddly touching docudocu about a gaggle of Baltimoreans who dress up in home-made medieval garb and chase each other around soccer fields and meadows.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 3, 2006
A documentary that peers casually into the inner workings of a game and lets us laugh at -- er, with? -- the participants.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nora Ankrum
Austin Chronicle
March 24, 2006
You won't leave this film with a full grasp of, say, how a Darkonian knows when he's mortally wounded, but you'll relate to this exuberant subculture more intimately than you'd perhaps expect.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
March 17, 2006
Darkon works as a fascinating and colorful documentary about an endearingly bizarre game and as a "can't wait to see who wins" sports film. (And as a nifty little comedy, too, actually.)
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Campos
Film Threat
March 15, 2006
It's an epic fantasy adventure with loads of laughs, starring a bunch of people who, believe it or not, you wish you were.
| Original Score: 5/5
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