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In Darkness Reviews

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September 8, 2013
The title says it all, really.
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
February 16, 2012
Yet another movie in which Jews escape death in the Holocaust through the actions of a gentile with a conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
February 9, 2012
The idea seems to be to try and make the experience of the 12 Polish Jews who hid in a sewer for 14 months as uncomfortable for the audience as it was for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
February 7, 2012
Every Holocaust movie, however hair-raising, essentially thrums the same self-sacrifice-versus-self-preservation chord. It's not fair, but there it is: We've been here before.
February 10, 2012
With the exception of the group's leader, movie-star handsome Mundek Margulies (German-born, internationally recognized Benno Furmann), the characters are flat as shadows.
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
February 6, 2012
A "Not Another Holocaust Movie" awards grab that isn't even distinguished by its base artlessness and indifference to craft.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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
March 10, 2012
the lengthy sequences in the dark sewers certainly convey the monotonousness of the survivors' ordeal, but they come at the expense of narrative flow, weighing down the film in ways that are not necessarily productive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2011
The film's turn toward charcoal-sketch notions of good and evil only fuels a simplistic view of historical tragedy in the worst sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
February 23, 2012
What sounds like standard glossy fare is handled with cold candour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2012
Stands apart from other attempts to film unfilmable events by painting a pitch-black portrait of its heroes as well as its villains.
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
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.
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