I Used To Be Darker Reviews

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October 17, 2013
This delicate, compassionate film has an emotional impact.It unfolds the austere European way, without the heavy baggage of backstory.
October 4, 2013
...by its end, the film had worked its way under our skin deeper than we expected, and through skilfully unobtrusive editing and camerawork, we felt we had a clear, honest picture of these lives.
October 4, 2013
It's hard to appreciate an intentionally blurry portrait of a family that's so impressionistic that all you can see of its already-withdrawn characters are their shadows.
October 3, 2013
Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.
October 3, 2013
There's some discordance between the film's overheated dysfunctional-family clichs and Porterfield's relaxed, watchful approach.
October 3, 2013
This vagueness of intent and of character construct mars a film with complex emotional arcs and often wickedly skillful dialogue, in which meaning is often in what's unsaid.
Top Critic
October 3, 2013
Drenched in the evening glow of its urban and suburban backdrops, Darker comes alive in the dark, when its characters are drowning their sorrows in song, the sauce, or conversation.
October 1, 2013
Less successful are the sour interactions between Kim and Bill, since nonactors Taylor and Oldham are asked to shoulder several sharp turns of emotion-notably in a lengthy confrontation ruled by alcohol and heartache-that they can't believably convey.
October 1, 2013
Scripted like a series of chronological snapshots seen from a slight distance, the film exhibits a contemplative quiet and attentiveness to detail that enhances its issues of regret, bitterness, and confusion ...
September 30, 2013
The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.
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