Dark Matter
Dark Matter (2008)

Inspired by actual events, director Chen Shi-Zheng's socially conscious psychological drama follows the journey of an ambitious Chinese scientist working towards his Ph.D. in America, only to be marginalized to the extent that he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The creaky plotting, inscrutable characters, and unconvincing ending make it difficult for audiences to connect with Dark Matter.

Leo Goldsmith

Begins with a shot of Meryl Streep practicing tai chi, and therein lies a precise encapsulation of the film's attitude toward the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

It is easy to see the film as two movies crammed together, neither of them being very good.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We know we're in strange territory from the opening shot.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

The film does a fine job of displaying the contrasts between these tense, formalized Chinese students and the faux populist American academics.

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Xing is surprised to discover Western academics are just as ruthless as communist apparatchiks and, ill equipped emotionally to handle humiliation, he takes his guns to town.

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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle

There is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from actual events, but it's a tricky business, and Dark Matter does no one right by sticking to the shocking conclusion.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

There's little in Billy Shebar's script, the rambling direction by theater and opera helmer Chen Shi-Zheng - or Liu Ye's impassive performance as the student.

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Brian Orndorf

Buttressed by outstanding, unpredictable performances and a beguiling mood of raw nerve collegiate ambition, Matter develops erratically but intelligently.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
A fairly watchable movie that tells the tragic story (that's somewhat based on true events) of an aspiring Chinese student who resorts to a violent… More
William Dunmyer
[font=Garamond][size=3]"Dark Matter" is an incredibly superficial film that plays like a TV movie, and not a particularly good one. At times it even… More
Drew Smith
Amateurishly directed with a hilariously shitty final quarter, but not without some scattered merits. More later
Walter M.
In "Dark Matter," Liu Xing(Liu Ye) has come to the United States from Beijing for his graduate degree under the tutelage of the acclaimed Professor… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The universe is made mostly of dark matter and dark energy, and we don't know what either of them is" - Saul Perlmutter</i>… More
John Ballantine
Meryl Streep somehow ended up in this real dog of a film about a Chinese student goes apeshit. One to be missed for sure.