Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 21, 2014
    At once an investigation, a polemic and, in its final sequences, a tribute to human endurance. A remarkable film.
  2. 100
    Black and white has never looked more stark.
  3. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 28, 2011
    The documentary enables its viewers to confront poverty on a human level by presenting its subjects, for the most part, like anyone else, living lives, despite their socioeconomic difference, relatable to our own.
  4. 88
    Portrait of men and a few women who stubbornly try to maintain some dignity in the face of personal disaster.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Jan 21, 2014
    The ending stumbles, but not enough to tarnish this study of life lived under society’s radar.
  6. 80
    Compellingly watchable.
  7. 80
    Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
  8. Dark Days illustrates even the worst nightmare can have descending levels of horror.
  9. It's remarkable for where it takes us, how it takes us there.
  10. 78
    Compelling, relentless cinema.
  11. Fascinating, beautifully photographed portrait of a vanished community.
  12. Isn't as strong a film as it could have been: Only teasing slices of these people's lives are offered.
  13. 75
    Packs the power to make you see at least a few corners of the world in a new and bracing light.
  14. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Engrossing and eye-opening in several respects and even, when you least expect it, humorous.
  15. It's hard to imagine an upbeat movie about homelessness, but Dark Days is just that.
  16. 70
    Singer achieves remarkable intimacy with his subjects.
  17. An eye-opening tale of how part of our population lives, and as an authentic image of material suffering it makes something like Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark" seem even more dubious.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Remarkable film.
  19. 63
    There is something inherently dishonest about Dark Days.
  20. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 20, 2014
    Complemented by its black-and-white photography and a moody DJ Shadow score, this is a gritty yet often tender look at society's margins.
  21. 60
    Arresting, visually accomplished documentary.
  22. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Intimate and engrossing.
  23. More noteworthy for its intentions than its execution.
  24. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    Given the enormous praise, the film falls short.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 20, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I caught this on tv this week and thought it was really good, on the whole. There were a couple of characters that I wanted to slap (the guy with the portable tv and tommy who needed to get some ambition). It felt a little like Extreme Makeover Subway Edition and I wonder how they are getting on paying bills in their apartments after they were torn from Thursday homes!!! Full Review »
  2. AlexK.
    Oct 5, 2001
    An amazing movie. The incredible and artistic cinematography aside, Dark Days accomplishes something so fundamental that most new An amazing movie. The incredible and artistic cinematography aside, Dark Days accomplishes something so fundamental that most new documentaries seem to have forgotten: A story. We follow the lives of characters who we get to know and understand, and the movie follows a linear storyline that actually makes us interested in what's happening next, instead of the usual "seen five minutes seen it all" syndrome. Even accomplished filmmakers (ie, the Hughes Brothers and their neatly structured "American Pimp") cannot create the disturbing magic that Singer did. Full Review »