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In Darkness Reviews

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March 22, 2012
The most consistent and effective element is Robert Wieckiewicz's performance as the plumber...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2012
It's a well-crafted, well-intentioned historical drama that's long on history and short on truly engaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 21, 2012
For anyone in the mood, this is a solid account of another of those remarkable World War Two stories which simply take your breath away when you watch them unfold on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2012
Holland does root around in some grubby, previously unexplored corners, but the film never quite breaks free from that conventional structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2012
In lieu of presenting anything particularly insightful or compelling in its own right, In Darkness relies on the weight of history to make a case for watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2012
A claustrophobic film that is dark in almost every sense, but the result is moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2012
It's a long movie, but it compels you to experience something of what it was like to live for 14 months hungry, cold and knowing that at any minute the agents of a cruel, vindictive regime could arrive to treat you like the rats that shared your sewer.
March 16, 2012
[E]legantly presented, chock full of moments of dreadful suspense in a horrible milieu... and buoyed by strikingly naturalistic performances...
March 16, 2012
Darker than even the sewers it uses as its milieu, Holland's film is unrelenting in its exploration of the limits of cruelty and the birth pangs of humanity. It's a sorrowful film, to be sure, but it's also like nothing you've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2012
It makes for an incredibly turbulent watch where the horrors of the Nazis are put under the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2012
Based on a true story, "In Darkness" is obviously tough to watch, especially since Holland's camera is both unforgiving and relentlessly human.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 15, 2012
There is release at the end of this fine film, but no euphoria; just a sense of having come through a period of evil, the memory of whose darkness will never entirely lift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
Socha was a true-life Schindler of the sewers. It is a weakness of In Darkness, one of many, that Holland and American screenwriter David F. Shamoon fail to motivate him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2012
A very robust piece of work without ever truly getting under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2012
Largely avoiding the dangers of an episodic narrative the picture grips throughout and isn't as claustrophobic as you might expect, with plenty of drama occurring up top.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2012
This is a significant film and a clever one - but not one you will want to watch twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a grimly harrowing, powerfully emotional drama with a terrific central performance from Robert Wieckiewicz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2012
It positively clamours for your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2012
The story of "Socha's Jews" is a convincing one, finding a multifaceted cinematic representation from Holland, who's made one of the best films of her unsteady career with this penetrating feature.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 12, 2012
Even for diehard Holocaust fans the turf is getting to be a bit worn.
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