The Dark Horse Reviews

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.
April 1, 2016
It's a feel-good story with the potential to make you feel great.
April 1, 2016
Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you're watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament.
March 31, 2016
"The Dark Horse" brings Cliff Curtis back home, and he gives a performance that's transcendent in more ways than one.
March 31, 2016
The movie's portrayal of the complex dynamic involving the brothers and Mana conveys a potentially explosive mixture of fear, love and anger.
March 31, 2016
The Dark Horse is loaded with heavy subject matter, but it's engrossing and sure to make moviegoers recoil, cry, and even laugh on occasion.
March 31, 2016
The Dark Horse may not entirely work as a film, but it has an unexpected amount of gritty idiosyncrasy on its side.
March 31, 2016
Combines several potentially tired subgenres - the inspirational-teacher drama, the mental illness drama, and the gang thriller - but, helped immeasurably by Curtis's performance, makes something new out of them.
March 29, 2016
Gen is such a big-hearted character that his story is more than just a portrait of overcoming mental illness or a tale of a loving mentor taking his rag-tag team to the top.
April 2, 2015
A committed, compellingly unpredictable central performance from New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis is the driving force behind The Dark Horse.
April 2, 2015
A solidly entertaining drama with an intriguingly unconventional lead.
March 30, 2015
It's a film with the texture and truth of life, and at its heart is a beautiful performance by Cliff Curtis.
January 20, 2015
"The Dark Horse" is as good a title as any for a film that takes an overplayed genre - the inspirational mentor story - and still manages to surprise ...
November 21, 2014
This combination of humour and terror makes everything more dramatic.
September 11, 2014
The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis.