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In Darkness


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Release Date :

February 10, 2012 (Limited)

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Director :

Agnieszka Holland

Starring :

Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Marcin Bosak, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Milla Bankowicz

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Review rate : B

“..without providing a solution to the conundrum, the film leaves an appreciation for that phenomenon of human behavior..”
by Jules Brenner [Filmcritic.com]
Review rate : B

“..too many Holocaust dramas rely on built-in sympathies and long-settled historical assumptions..”
by Mark Keizer [Boxoffice Magazine]
Review rate : B

“..this film is a bit of a hybrid as the action does not remain continuously on Socha, although he has the dramatic character arc..”
by Laura Clifford [Reeling Reviews]
“..the script has its share of hackish melodrama, but the pacing is classical, the compositions mysterious and painterly, the palette of deep blacks reminiscent of Rembrandt..”
by David Edelstein [New York Magazine]
Review rate : B

“..shows us how extraordinarily fraught that choice was..”
by Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
“..real life brims with startling atrocities as well as cliches, and this film is full of both..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
“..it's the rare film that should not introduce new story elements or characters past its first act..”
by Jaime N. Christley [Slant Magazine]
Review rate : B

“..it's a transformation as wrenching to watch as it is vital to remember..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
“..it is suspenseful, horrifying and at times intensely moving..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..it is not easy to watch, but it is impossible to turn away..”
by Wendy Weinstein [Film Journal International]
“..it feels more like a requirement of the genre than a reflection of deteroriating inner lives..”
by Michelle Orange [Movieline]
“..here, courage and heroism are defined as much by ruthless cunning, dumb luck and the ability to screen out others' pain as by any heroic derring-do..”
by Ella Taylor [NPR]
3 of 4

“..harrowing and rewarding epic to run long so it would make viewers feel that they're in the sewers as well..”
by V.A. Musetto [New York Post]
Review rate : B+

“..give the familiar elements a fresh intensity, while the cramped, lightless, sewage-filled surroundings fill the film with choking claustrophobia..”
by Tasha Robinson [AV Club]
“..begins in the filmmaker's best off-kilter mode..”
by Michael Atkinson [Village Voice]
“..arduous drama is more ironic and multi-faceted than most such tales..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
Review rate : A-

“..a daringly murky-looking movie that demands viewers enter the void too and meet Socha and his Jews as real..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]

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