Critic Consensus: Dark's central mystery unfolds slowly, both tense and terrifying, culminating in a creepy, cinematic triumph of sci-fi noir.
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If Stranger Things is a big bowl of macaroni and cheese made with that lurid orange cheddar you can only get in America, Dark is a gamy Old World stew ladled out from a pot that has been bubbling away for centuries.
Dark is worth persevering with as the tension is ratcheted from gently claustrophobic to actively unnerving, and the decades-straddling plot settles into an web of conspiracies and buried secrets.
The time travel conceit does more than give us a window into how these families have evolved over many decades - it's brings a whole new meaning to "things are not quite what they seem here."
Even if some of the "You may like this..." seams still show in the making of Dark, its biggest selling point is as a story about a community haunted by something it refuses to talk about.
But Dark, while being a good series, and having some truly intriguing aspects, doesn't have enough of an emotional hook to make it a truly standout show.
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