In Darkness Reviews

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February 14, 2012
A powerful piece of work. Not hard to see why it's up for the best foreign film Oscar.
February 12, 2012
Portrayed with gripping tension of ever more draconian choices amidst ebb and flow of human interactions in filthy confines, the cinematography is a staggering tour de force.
February 11, 2012
Harrowing and intense, it's Schindler in the sewers.
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.
February 10, 2012
...director Agnieszka Holland builds a tremendous amount of suspense in the dim, confined space of the sewer tunnels, with periodic side trips to the world above-ground.
February 9, 2012
There's not a moment in this picture when you wish it were shorter, that it would hurry along.
Top Critic
February 9, 2012
Holland is properly unsparing about the casual sadism of the German military, but she resolutely sidesteps the sentimental oppressor-victim division that distorts so much pop-Holocaust narrative today.
February 9, 2012
We've seen this movie, if not its particulars, before. That said, Holland's production is beautifully crafted...
February 9, 2012
Real life brims with startling atrocities as well as clichs, and this film is full of both.
February 9, 2012
In the dark days of World War II, who would have expected to find a source of illumination in the sewer of a Polish town?
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.
February 9, 2012
The true story of a selfish Polish man whose caring for a band of Jew living underground in sewers during World War II qualifies him for recognition as a Righteous Gentile.
February 9, 2012
While In Darkness sticks to formula, it brings across that formula effectively.
February 8, 2012
A daringly murky-looking movie that demands viewers enter the void...
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 7, 2012
A suspenseful and somber tale of Holocaust heroism.
February 7, 2012
[VIDEO] Agnieszka Holland's unforgettable adaptation of Robert Marshall's non-fiction book "In the Sewers of Lvov" tells the story of a group of Polish Jews who hid for months underground from the Nazis.
February 6, 2012
A "Not Another Holocaust Movie" awards grab that isn't even distinguished by its base artlessness and indifference to craft.
February 6, 2012
In outline, In Darkness is a standard conversion melodrama, but little within those parameters is easy. The darkness lingers into the light.
January 22, 2012
Whereas too many Holocaust dramas rely on built-in sympathies and long-settled historical assumptions...Holland is not afraid to trade a barely-earned tear for a surprising tweak of our expectations.
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