The Dark Horse Reviews

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April 15, 2016
Curtis is 100-per-cent watchable as a puffy, mumbling shuffler whose chess lessons double as life strategies.
April 14, 2016
"Dark Horse" falls into the formula of underprivileged kids challenging the elites at their own game. But the outcome is never certain.
April 14, 2016
"The Dark Horse" isn't always easy to watch, but Curtis's quietly powerful presence makes it worthwhile.
April 14, 2016
Curtis' portrayal of Gen's ever-present, invasive mental illness isn't mere window dressing and lacks showboating. The camera hugs his meltdowns with an uncomfortable perseverance as he talks to himself, hallucinates and turns manic.
April 13, 2016
The film never shies away from the hard topics, and the actors bring nuance and heart to this intensely dramatic and affecting film.
April 7, 2016
There are heroes to root for in "The Dark Horse," and you'll feel mostly good about humanity walking out the door.
August 23, 2018
Propped up by good storytelling and powerful performances, "The Dark Horse" is uplifting and moving without falling into the usual traps that occur with other films of its kind.
August 10, 2016
A hugely chunked-up Curtis, a Kiwi actor who's worked all over the world but returned home to star in and help produce Robertson's film, is masterly here.
July 15, 2016
This year, Disney bypassed the feel-good sports movie, and luckily for U.S. audiences, we got a smaller but better version with The Dark Horse.
June 1, 2016
A great, deeply affecting movie.
May 22, 2016
"The Dark Horse" fully understands that it requires more than cheap uplift to make its true story a truly 'good' goodhearted film rather than just a goodhearted one.
April 29, 2016
A serious, even solemn, tale of personal redemption.
April 29, 2016
The Dark Horse is a rough beauty of a picture.
April 27, 2016
The Dark Horse takes us intriguingly deep into subcultures we might not otherwise know. Unfortunately, it uses storytelling devices so overly familiar and so flatly executed, they blunt what we see.
April 25, 2016
"The Dark Horse" is a showcase for Cliff Curtis and shows the actor can give a convincing, sincere and sympathetic lead performance.
April 15, 2016
It's to The Dark Horse's great benefit that this is the rare inspirational true-life story that doesn't shoehorn a fountain of relentless optimism for the future into the proceedings.
April 15, 2016
If there were any justice in the Academy Awards, Curtis would be a front runner for Best Actor for this "Raging Bull"-level performance.
April 15, 2016
It might get corny but for Robertson's unaffectedly gritty settings and understanding that modest gains can be enough for checkmate.
April 14, 2016
Curtis sells us on both the man's frailty and his drive; his performance alone is enough of a reason to check this one out.
April 14, 2016
We've seen a thousand mentor-making-a-difference movies before, but not like this one.
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