Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession)
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Dark Obsession is a slow, English-made, psychological thriller dealing with erotic obsession, guilt and betrayal. Sir Hugo Buckton (Gabriel Byrne), an aristocrat strapped for money, is married to beautiful, sensual and successful Virginia (Amanda Donohoe). His alcoholism and his envy of her lead to his obsessive jealousy and belief in her lack of fidelity. During one drunken evening while out driving with friends, Hugo hits and kills a pedestrian who resembles Virginia. When Hugo begins to receive vague blackmail letters, he suspects one of his friends, and the group begins to plot a murder.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A stylish melodrama about sex and violence among the British aristocracy, Diamond Skulls never quite delivers the punches it promises."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Intended as a psycho-thriller, Broomfield's film is in fact a skimpily plotted rumination on what's rank among the privileged."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Estranging and frustrating."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The controlled technique echoes the theme of domination, but combined with the largely unsympathetic characters, results in a film that affects emotion and remains curiously hollow."
‑ , Time Out
"[Broomfield] wants to show us how the very fabric of the lives of these aristocrats has undercut their human perspective, has convinced them they are above and beyond the law."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Dark Obsession is visually alluring to look at and rife with potential but director Broomfield never seems to bring it to any dramatic boiling point. Like many an obsession, it's all dressed up with nowhere to go."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Rarely does a documentary film maker make the transition to fiction as adroitly as Nicholas Broomfield has in "Dark Obsession," a psychological thriller displaying a documentarian's fascination for small, telling details."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"[It] attempts to make a serious social statement within the context of a mainstream entertainment. But the mix never gels, and it succeeds as neither."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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