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Thirty-something guy with arrested development falls for thirty-something girl with arrested development, but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much. Tragedy ensues. Writer and director Todd Solondz examines the irretrievability of youth and the mercilessness of time passing in Dark Horse, a melancholy and idiosyncratic comedy starring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Zachary Booth and Aasif Mandvi. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It would be unfair and patronizing to say that Solondz needs to grow up, but "Dark Horse" suggests that it's time for the bard of bourgeois hypocrisy to consider moving on."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Solondz will never be much for happy endings, but the film is strangely optimistic and at times borders ever-so-slightly on the whimsical."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A typically ineffective effort from Todd Solondz..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
""Dark Horse" ends up being a film about loneliness, and the desperate things people will think and do to escape it. And, for once, Solondz doesn't sneer at that desperation."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The suffocating darkness of much of Solondz's work has diminished here, but so has the humor, and it never reaches the massive catharsis of a film like Happiness."
‑ Miles Bowe, Boston Phoenix
"Solondz has made a career out of specializing in highly aberrant views of middle-class life."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"With champion bloodlines from Walken and Farrow, "Dark Horse" could have been a contender, but it gets so skittish about trodding a familiar path that it pulls up lame."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Solondz seems to be making a statement about arrested development and the harsh realities of loneliness and age, but it's so clumsily and irritatingly executed that his arguments remain difficult to see."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Though Dark Horse is disturbing and funny like most Solondz pictures, it's also mystifyingly touching; it moves into totally unexpected places."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Seizing the role, and the screen, Jordan Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"That Gelber can make Abe appealing in any way is a triumph. That Solondz can orchestrate such a feat is an even bigger one."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Los Angeles Times
"Age seems to have softened Todd Solondz and it is a real shame, as we have tonnes of optimistic filmmakers but only one of him. Come back, Todd."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"The title could be taken as indicative of the film's chances of scoring outside of Solonfz's small cadre of followers, but 'Dark Horse' indicates that a grain of empathy has made its way into his usual desert of despair."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Offers a wealth of small pleasures, but as a whole, it fails to make much of an impact, exhausting direction the longer it pursues a dreamscape tone that only seems to retain perfect shape in the helmer's head."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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