Dark Horse


Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 3, 2012
    Seizing the role, and the screen, Gelber actually makes us care what happens to his surly, thoroughly unlikable character.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 26, 2012
    Dark Horse is a comedy of bad manners that's imbued with uncertainty about the world and one man's place in it. Modest and mildly entertaining, it's a miniature portrait of a potentially jumbo-sized failure.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jun 21, 2012
    Though more forgiving than previous Solondz films, Dark Horse is too slight to herald a wholesale change of direction. Yet it's still worth catching, if only for Walken's terrible toupee.
  4. 60
    He's either daring you not to laugh or daring you not to care, but either way, you'll laugh, care and worry about the consequences in Dark Horse.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 7, 2012
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 5, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jul 19, 2012
    The combative, off-putting Dark Horse features many of writer-director Todd Solondz's usual preoccupations: misery, complexity, stunted emotions, misplaced dreams.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 21, 2012
    Fourteen years after "Happiness," why is director Todd Solondz still mucking around with the sort of idiot neurotic dweeb who makes George Costanza look like George Clooney?
  9. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 8, 2012
    Result is far less abrasive than some of its predecessors, but for that very reason seems unlikely to generate the attention needed to meet Solondz's already modest commercial standards.
  10. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 7, 2012
    It's a typical Solondz sad-sack tale, but this film seems to be disgusted by its own characters, which isn't true of the director's best work ("Happiness," "Welcome to the Dollhouse"). We don't need to like Abe, but it's unsettling to feel the director might actively dislike him.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jun 5, 2012
    With Solondz's old-hat funeral deadpan and his efforts to pass off Abe's adolescent rage as elevated insight, 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 5, 2012
    Never less than watchable and loaded with trademark negativity so extreme it's sometimes funny, the new film is nonetheless saddled with a protagonist so narrowly and unlikably presented that, in the end, he doesn't seem worth the time devoted to him.
  13. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Jun 5, 2012
    There is little in the film's pitch-black interior that wasn't tackled better – with more bite, wit and abandon – in "Happiness," "Welcome to the Dollhouse," or "Storytelling."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 7, 2012
    Certainly more light-hearted than one of my faves Happiness, Dark Horse is an excellent film. The lead actor is terrific, Selma Blair is greatCertainly more light-hearted than one of my faves Happiness, Dark Horse is an excellent film. The lead actor is terrific, Selma Blair is great (as usual), but Donna Murphy absolutely steals the show. Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    A KVIFF screening, my second Todd Solondz