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I Used To Be Darker Reviews

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August 20, 2016
It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed - one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing.
May 9, 2014
Porterfield's film doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but the ways the characters bounce off one another in small spaces are precisely observed, and the actors have a lot of soul ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2014
Unfolds like a music album, with emotive songs supplying information that doesn't need repeating in the lean screenplay, which the director co-wrote with Amy Belk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2014
Jeremy Saulnier's summer-spent cinematography is gentle and nothing shy of exquisite.
January 31, 2014
Slow scenes at the beginning turn into the pace of life
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2013
a celebration if you can call something this downbeat celebratory, of what film should act like and look like when you leave it alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2013
Few filmmakers are getting at the substance of contemporary life as effectively.
October 24, 2013
The visual style of third-time director Matthew Porterfield ("Putty Hill," "Hamilton") is emphatically lyrical, beginning with a widescreen shot of a Maryland Ferris wheel that suggests a celebration of Americana.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2013
This delicate, compassionate film has an emotional impact.It unfolds the austere European way, without the heavy baggage of backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
October 17, 2013
Nuanced performances by the non-professional cast and a haunting soundtrack help fill in the deliberate narrative gaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2013
A lyrical ballad on an intimate scale but international in scope.
November 7, 2013
The couple, both musicians, are in the midst of a bitter breakup, and Porterfield frequently trains the camera on one or the other as each performs his melancholy tunes; this stops the narrative dead in its tracks.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2013
There's some discordance between the film's overheated dysfunctional-family clichés and Porterfield's relaxed, watchful approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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