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The Darkest Hour Reviews

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Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
So bad that Russian and American relations may break down and reignite the Cold War.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
January 12, 2012
Sensationally poor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2011
In a year-end season stacked deep with worthwhile films, what possible incentive could there be for submitting to The Darkest Hour's utter pointlessness?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Grae Drake
January 6, 2012
This is possibly the most joy-sucking film of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
December 27, 2011
The Darkest Hour isn't just a dark horse contender for the year's biggest joke, it's the darkest.
| Original Score: .5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 14, 2012
It is as though they got half way through making the film and had the budget catastrophically slashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
December 28, 2011
It's clear from early on that these characters are as indistinct and lazily rendered as the floating blobs chasing them.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 4, 2012
One accusation commonly levelled at films like Transformers is that they're big on budget but light on ideas. The Darkest Hour falls short on both fronts.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
Did Olivia Thirlby and Emile Hirsch make this so they could visit Russia on somebody else's dime?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
January 12, 2012
Sadly lacks the stylish imagination that co-producer Timur Bekmambetov brought to his supernatural epics Night Watch and Day Watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
January 24, 2012
The title of this teen disaster-by-numbers affair could not be more apt - as a collective omen for all those involved
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 11, 2012
A visually ambitious but decidedly lightweight thriller about scarcely visible aliens attacking earth for its power supply.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
December 27, 2011
If these dimwits represent the hope of humanity, bring on the alien overlords.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 11, 2012
With Moscow-emptied out, a la London in 28 Days Later, it is visually impressive but plodding and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
April 18, 2012
Once again it's time for the end of the world. But, "The Darkest Hour" fails to see the light and we're stuck with yet another mediocre sci-fi movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Weinberg
December 26, 2011
Nowhere near good, not remotely interesting enough to be worthy of mockery, and a miserable time-waste for all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Simon Weaving
April 3, 2012
Uninspiring and insipid, this contemporary take on the zombie genre sees a group of gorgeous twenty somethings trapped in Moscow trying desperately to get away from an endless attack launched by nasty id-like blobs of energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Joel Brown
Boston Globe
December 27, 2011
"Darkest Hour'' doesn't have even as much character as those Discover commercials.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
December 30, 2011
A generic let-down that isn't bad enough even to be memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 17, 2012
The setting in deserted Moscow is the biggest point of difference about this ho-hum end of the world scenario. Also invisible is the tension to give this apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller scares and impetus.
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