Darkon (2006)

As swords are raised and the battlefield air flows thick with tension, the participants in a full-scale role-playing game called Darkon shed their mundane identities to assume the role of warrior knight, mystical wizard, or fierce maiden.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Grady Hendrix

Joins the ranks of movies like Hoop Dreams and Murderball as one of the great documentary dissections of how Americans play.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Neel and Meyer approach their subjects with open minds. Running around Baltimore in medieval armor isn't everyone's chalice of wine, they seem to be saying -- but who are we to judge?

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

First-time documentarians Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel avoid what might have been the obvious tact here of making fun of these folks, which is a treat...

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Los Angeles Times

By approaching the subject without a sense of ironic distance, Neel and Meyer get at something elemental, a variation of the American Dream at work, in which everyone can live out their life as they see it, even if that's as a medieval elf.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

There should be plenty of material here. But all we see are average men and women looking for an escape from their boring jobs and disappointing home lives.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The film perceptively addresses the intertwining of fantasy and reality, which eventually seems so pronounced that one senses players are acting out their dreams of either being, or striking back against, bullies.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Eloquent and occasionally touching, Darkon is haphazardly photographed but unfailingly generous toward subjects who exhibit an astonishing degree of self-awareness.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Empowered as they are, it's hard to take this motley crew seriously when they spit medieval maxims with soccer goals in the background, but the filmmakers approach their subjects with humanity.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

How can you not like a movie where a guy says, completely without irony, "During my third campout, I was assassinated seven times."

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
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It's startling to actually see the amount of creativity, time, effort and preparation that these men and women put into their hobby. The way that… More
Jason Spencer
An average doc about the world of LARPing. I would have liked it to cover more of the world of LARPing but it sticks to just one group and it's struggles.… More
Steve K
On one hand, fleshes out the characters and shows how their hobbies have helped them as individuals in the real world. On the other hand, there was a part of… More
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I did not know this culture existed and this film provides a very interesting glimpse into the world of outcasts shunned by other outcasts. Check out the HULU… More
Lesley N
Documentary about a medieval war-gaming club where the members spend their weekends battling each other with forsooths and swords. It was a strange mixture; I… More