Dark Horse

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  • Summary: Thirty-something guy with arrested development falls for thirty-something girl with arrested development, but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much. Tragedy ensues. (Double Hope Films)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 14, 2012
    Solondz's most waywardly endearing film - his gentlest triumph.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 20, 2012
    Someone like Abe could only prevail through the powers of denial and optimistic wishing, and Solondz makes that happen, as the film gradually slips into fantasy.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jun 25, 2012
    Less confrontational than most Solondz movies, in that it refrains from violence or kink, but still unsettling and affecting.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 3, 2012
    As the blindered Abe, relative-unknown Gelber earns a sympathetic pat on the head. But as the character is braying for attention, he's stuck in his stall, while genuine dark horse Donna Murphy carries the narrative load as the middle-aged co-worker who prances into Abe's daydreams.
  5. 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.
  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: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 5, 2012
    Yesterday, Solondz blocking the screen meant something, even if it was just his own petulance. Today, a blurred sign only signifies his capitulation to peer pressure.

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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. Collapse
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    A KVIFF screening, my second Todd Solondz