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Dark Horse


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Release Date :

June 08, 2012 (NY)

Director :

Todd Solondz

Starring :

Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Aasif Mandvi, Jordan Gelber, Aasif Mandvi, Tyler Maynard, Zachary Booth

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..writer and director Todd Solondz has created a distinctive set of films about losers who face steep challenges to keep their souls alive..”
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat [Spirituality and Practice]
“..we lose the fascination he holds for Solondz and the film becomes rather aimless..”
by David Noh [Film Journal International]
3 of 5

“..the movie strays too far into fantasy-Abe suffers mightily-but Solondz still has an ear and an eye for a specific hell in the real world..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]
2.5 of 4

“..performance non-art..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
3.5 of 5

“..on the surface, a comedy, preferring quick, barbed exchanges to thundering speeches..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
3.5 of 5

“..it's a nightmarish but poetic moment in which the film's themes come strikingly together..”
by Alison Willmore [Movieline]
“..despite its flaws, Dark Horse largely succeeds as yet another installment in Todd Solondz's career-long examination of the lust for love and security among the deeply damaged..”
“..Dark Horse is neither incisively black-comic nor particularly attuned to human behavior-proof that some directors, at least, do end up the way they started out..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
3 of 5

“..Abe's day-to-day trials may eventually seem like cheap daytime TV, but Gelber and Solondz know how to nail the uncomfortably funny optimism shadowing American desperation..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
Review rate : B

“..a visual joke there -and the fantasy scenes both get into Gelber's head and reveal a movie in conversation with itself..”
by Scott Tobias [AV Club]
“..a return to form after Life During Wartime and Palindromes, which seemed like experiments in style more than anything else..”
by Marshall Fine [Huffington Post]
2.5 of 4

“..a hair too brief at 84 minutes to gain the breadth or impact it deserves..”
by Dustin Putman [DustinPutman.com]

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