Dark Days
Dark Days (2000)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Marc Singer's documentary about a group of homeless people living beneath the streets of New York City is haunting and uplifting in equal measure.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The documentary is amazing.

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David Bianculli
New York Daily News

Moving and memorable.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Revealing, if occasionally frustrating.

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Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marc Singer's documentary Dark Days absolutely blew me away. It takes the viewer on a thoroughly engrossing journey to the heart of darkness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
One of the most successful fly on the wall documentaries of all time. Director Marc Singer takes us into another world, a dreamworld on screen but a nightmare… More
Sophie Burgess
This was really interesting in being able to see how these people really live. They're making the most of their situation and it shows them as real people… More
Jim Hunter
New York City homeless create a small community in Amtrak's tunnels. While there's no hero or central figure in Dark Days, one gets the sensation that… More
Gordon A
Moving documentary with an evenhanded positive attitude to homeless peoples' plight. It explores their sad back stories but ends in a spirit of hope for… More
Jason Spencer
A brutally honest look at the world of homeless people in New York. We get to hang out with these people as they try and build a life in the underground… More
Stella Dallas
a powerful documentary about a group of homeless people living in an abandoned stretch of amtrak tunnel under nyc, some of them for years. first time filmmaker… More