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Dark Places

Thriller . Mystery . Drama

A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.

Actors: Denise Williamson , Shannon Kook-Chun , Sterling Jerins , Tye Sheridan , Corey Stoll , Andrea Roth , Christina Hendricks , Nicholas Hoult , Chloë Grace Moretz , Charlize Theron
Directors: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Country: UK , FRANCE , USA
Release: 2015-06-18
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  • Lisa Nesselson

    Slouching Theron is absolutely convincing as a self-loathing haunted soul with zero ambition. As the town’s “rich slut,” Chloe Grace Moretz gives yet another pitch-perfect performance. Both actresses elevate the material, making a somewhat far-fetched story both believable and enjoyable.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    This plot-heavy suspense flick loses some of the book’s originality in translation while failing to channel its sense of Midwestern malaise. But it keeps the guessing game going long enough to compensate for some otherwise shallow characterizations, while Theron offers up an earnest and downbeat turn that says a lot with little dialogue

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    As heroines go, it’s refreshing to get one as complex as this: When psychologically scarred female characters do turn up in thrillers, they’re usually little more than shivering victims who set a group of male cops in motion, but here, Libby does her own detective work, while Hendricks lends star power to the flashback scenes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Without the spiky irony of Flynn's first-person writing (the enjoyable Jim Thompson-esque noirisms that pepper the novel, like "I have a meanness in me, real as an organ" occur only rarely) Paquet-Brenner shears the text of any richness, to have it unfold instead in a relentlessly grim manner, less intriguing and evocative than straight-up dour.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Theron makes Libby a bristling, emotionally crippled live wire, her anger, guilt, and distrust bubbling to the surface with the slightest provocation. She's neither quite as fascinating nor nearly as despicable a character as "Gone Girl"'s Amazing Amy, but director Gilles Paquet-Brenner is no David Fincher.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Aside from the A-list cast, there isn’t much to differentiate Dark Places from an especially grim TV movie.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Miriam Di Nunzio

    Dark Places does its best to stir a multitude of emotions within us, but in doing so, the film feels contrived and hurried.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It’s never pushed far enough. Instead, Dark Places just becomes an overstuffed, low-simmer potboiler with too many improbable detours and overly convenient twists.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    As a result, the mystery itself eventually becomes tiresome and shrug-worthy, even as the film breathlessly racks up the revelations. In the end, this twisty thriller just winds up twisting in the wind.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Lewis

    Dark Places isn’t a disaster of a film. Instead, it’s the definition of average, and we wish it could have taken us to some more interesting places.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Inexpert execution, lazy attention to detail and a lackluster lead performance conspire to render a juicy mystery rather boring.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    [Paquet-Brenner] squanders Dark Places' icky setup for a rote investigation to find the real killer, a revelation greeted not with a "What?!" but with a "Whatever."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stacey May Fowles

    Dark Places lacks the gloomy meditative quality that Gone Girl rode to success on, with none of the grace or subtlety necessary in making a convoluted thriller a watchable enterprise.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It makes sense that another of Flynn’s novels, the sinister Dark Places, would get the cinematic treatment as well, although this failed exercise could be used comparatively with “Gone Girl” as a What Not to Do cinematic lesson. Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    In writer-director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's hands, it's a convoluted, airless procedural that generates practically no suspense and little that's thematically resonant about lost souls and poisoned memories.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Paquet-Brenner has assembled a talented cast.... Yet he elicits mostly unmemorable performances from just about everyone involved.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Grim, ridiculous, and dull.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The payoff is a huge and telling visual howler, summarizing the entire plot with a blithe indifference that will inevitably mirror the audience's.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    One of 2015’s dullest.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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