Dark Days
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Explores the lives of a community which chose to flee Manhattan's drug ravaged shelter system for life underground -- living in the city's Amtrak tunnels by drawing electricity from the tunnel's power lines and water from its pipes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the world discovered and illuminated by gonzo documentarian Marc Singer, who spent a good part of two years living with and chronicling the lives of a half-dozen tunnel dwellers for his remarkable first film, Dark Days"
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Singer deserves credit for attempting to put a human face on such tragic circumstances, but he appears to have gotten so close to his main subjects that he seems unwilling to make them, or their desperate situation, look too bad."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"The documentary is amazing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Singer's grainy... photography lends the film the evocative aura of something that has been unearthed, while the spare, haunting soundtrack by DJ Shadow perfectly captures the sense of otherworldliness that pervades this remarkable film."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Singer captures intimate moments in the lives of his subterranean protagonists in their strange, crepuscular world."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Moving and memorable."
‑ David Bianculli, New York Daily News
"Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The virtue of Dark Days is that it provides a forum for its subjects, who turn out to be funny, charming, acerbic, annoying, callous, kind and, ultimately, fully human. The movie's other quality -- a dewy romanticism -- is both an asset and a detriment."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"As we come to know the residents, we find their lives, and yearning for home and safety, as tragic, funny, and involving as anything in a scripted movie."
‑ M. K. Terrell, Christian Science Monitor
"A portrait of the homeless community of "mole people" who lived in sections of disused underground tunnels in New York, this is a singularly powerful account of the lives of the dispossessed and desperate."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The lives of these people inside their shacks are full of surprises as well as grim confirmations, but the things we don't know about them also significantly shape our experience of the film."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Revealing, if occasionally frustrating."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Marc Singer's documentary Dark Days absolutely blew me away. It takes the viewer on a thoroughly engrossing journey to the heart of darkness."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's hard not to get caught up in these people's lives, or to be impressed by their resiliency."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Simultaneously uplifting and shaming."
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