The City Dark Reviews

April 2, 2020
The City Dark is a calm, beautiful meditation on humankind's perception of, and interaction with, the night sky.
July 3, 2012
An eloquent and compelling documentary on the dire effects of light pollution in cities and the spiritual consequences of not being able to see the bright starry sky at night.
April 5, 2012
Poetic, at times profound...
January 31, 2012
...a frustratingly superficial look at a range of topics without making sufficient differentiation between what is established as a fact, what is a working hypothesis, and what is merely speculation ...
January 20, 2012
The film not only scores on the expected environmentalist level, but also as a more probing examination of the value of "civilization" as commonly understood as based on artificial light.
January 19, 2012
An illuminating documentary about what constant exposure to artificial light does to our bodies, our minds and the natural world.
January 18, 2012
Documentary on the dangers of artificial light alternates between quirky and profound.
January 17, 2012
A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark."
January 17, 2012
Cheney is welcome to his anxiety, but not to the specious science of societal collapse by street lamp.
January 17, 2012
The failure to mention the environmental consequences of energy overload, even in passing, seems a particularly grievous oversight.
January 16, 2012
As an effort in civil duty, The City Dark would earn three sturdy stars, but as a film it's lacking.
January 15, 2012
Crafted as mournful meditation that is both sobering and sublime, personal and global, the doc is a poetic and political challenge to the notion of human progress. And where civilization may have won the battle against primitive life, but lost the war.
November 2, 2011
An informative, well-rounded look at light pollution told with a star-gazing enthusiast's passion for his subject.
October 6, 2011
The documentary tries to take on too much, but Cheney's enthusiasm for the subject makes that understandable.