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In Darkness Reviews

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September 18, 2017
This is straightforward storytelling at its best. The terror they feel is your terror, the stench is real, as is the antipathy you feel towards the hidden, much like the antipathy they feel toward one another.
August 30, 2017
In Darkness matters because it survives as a chronicle of and testament to an ordinary man who found, within himself, something extraordinary.
September 26, 2016
In Darkness's genius is to treat the dimness of the sewers and the darkness of the movie house as one; emerging into our world when the credits start to roll, we feel reborn.
March 11, 2014
Unique among Holocaust films, Agnieszka Holland's Academy Award-nominated In Darkness is set during World War II in a small town in Poland named Lvov (now a part of the Ukraine).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2014
Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 11, 2014
Just when you thought you could never watch another drama about surviving the Holocaust, veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland unearths an astonishing saga from a subterranean past.
March 11, 2014
Though the film's factual basis dictates an upbeat ending, much of the journey is appropriately and memorably grim.
September 8, 2013
The title says it all, really.
April 21, 2013
The Academy Award-nominated film does not disappoint in terms of performances or presentation, except for its length. A good percentage of its 145 minutes is spent in subterranean near-darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
The effect of all this slow-moving redundancy is like 'Schindler's List' on sleeping pills. It turns a tale of improbable rescue and survival into a boring homework assignment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 27, 2012
In Darkness is an emotionally tough, well made film that shows that, despite their inherent familiarity, there are still plenty of great stories to emerge from mankind's darkest hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2012
The main thrust of the film mines the familiar territory of Schindler's List for sure, but In Darkness distinguishes itself by mixing strong characterizations of the families living underground with lots of suspense and claustrophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2012
With any serious, well-made drama about the horrors of the Holocaust comes the impulse...to value its worthiness over its qualities as entertainment...In Darkness is gritty, gruelling stuff...But it is a long, slow-moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 26, 2012
With straits at least as dire as those in The Diary of Anne Frank (and moral dimensions far more murky), In Darkness deals with survival at whatever cost, including compromise of personal principles. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 25, 2012
In Darkness is a complex film as the divisions between acting for mercenary reasons and ethical ones are often uncertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2012
Emotionally demanding and cinematically challenging, In Darkness tells us - repeats for us - what we must always remember about human nature: everyone can redeem themselves
May 16, 2012
"In Darkness" is a powerful film about those who refuse to yield, either to certain death or to complicity with evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2012
...an extraordinarily well-made film, one that manages to effectively convey small truths about the nature of being human.
Read More | Original Score: 91/100
April 21, 2012
For her latest film, Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) again turns to a fascinating footnote from that chapter in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2012
Though the film seems a bit long at almost two and a half hours, Holland needs that time to make the huddled cluster of Jews distinguishable as individuals.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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