Dark Places
Dark Places (2015)

25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize Theron) is approached by a secret society that specializes in complex, unsolved cases. Nicholas Hoult, Corey… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 6, 2015
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Stacey May Fowles
Globe and Mail

While there is still some flicking at the book's more human themes of best-intentioned familial deceit, forgiveness and healing, they're all but blotted out by Gilles Paquet-Brenner's slapdash direction.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

maintains enough interest, although it never quite attains the gripping level of intensity to which it clearly aspires

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

The mystery itself eventually becomes tiresome and shrug-worthy, even as the film breathlessly racks up the revelations.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

The mystery unspools slowly, with so many different twists and turns it's impossible to figure it out ahead of time. That's fine. By the time you get there, however, you probably won't care anymore.

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Todd Jorgenson

... feels manipulative yet emotionally distant, and despite some powerful moments, the film squanders a talented ensemble cast.

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner marshaled a top-tier cast and commanded them to tromp across Flynn's intelligent bestseller like investigators muddying a crime scene.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Dingy and dumb. Instead of a quickened pulse, it results in multiple yawns and a "So, that's it? Meh."

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Cross-cutting between past and present seems trudging and obligatory, illustrating the difference between suspenseful and just plain stretched out.

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The movie was fairly engaging. The ending wasn't satisfactory, but I saw it coming and was prepared enough to not be disappointed by it. There aren't… More
Philip Price
What a difference an interpretation can make. One has to wonder if, after having seen both Gone Girl and Dark Places, which might have been the bigger success… More