I Used To Be Darker
I Used To Be Darker (2013)

When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill (Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor) have problems of their own: they're… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 27, 2014
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

Porterfield's film doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but the ways the characters bounce off one another in small spaces are precisely observed, and the actors have a lot of soul ...

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The visual style of third-time director Matthew Porterfield ("Putty Hill," "Hamilton") is emphatically lyrical, beginning with a widescreen shot of a Maryland Ferris wheel that suggests a celebration of Americana.

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Ray Pride

Jeremy Saulnier's summer-spent cinematography is gentle and nothing shy of exquisite.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Unfolds like a music album, with emotive songs supplying information that doesn't need repeating in the lean screenplay, which the director co-wrote with Amy Belk.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Nuanced performances by the non-professional cast and a haunting soundtrack help fill in the deliberate narrative gaps.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Slow scenes at the beginning turn into the pace of life

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The couple, both musicians, are in the midst of a bitter breakup, and Porterfield frequently trains the camera on one or the other as each performs his melancholy tunes; this stops the narrative dead in its tracks.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a celebration if you can call something this downbeat celebratory, of what film should act like and look like when you leave it alone.

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