Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession)
Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession) (1991)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 17, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 7, 1991
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Variety Staff

A stylish melodrama about sex and violence among the British aristocracy, Diamond Skulls never quite delivers the punches it promises.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Intended as a psycho-thriller, Broomfield's film is in fact a skimpily plotted rumination on what's rank among the privileged.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Estranging and frustrating.

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Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

TV Guide

[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.

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