Dark Matter

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    This is a great film, to a point. Unfortunately the ending doesn't deliver, making the entire feature an exercise is wasted potential. But maybe that's the point.
  2. Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving.
  3. Chen Shi-Zheng, well regarded as an opera and theater director, makes his feature film debut.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Never fully succeeds in burrowing under its protagonist's skin, despite conspicuous effort.
  5. 50
    An unsatisfying drama that premiered at Sundance '07 and was supposedly delayed because of the Virginia Tech shootings.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The final act of Dark Matter is grim but unconvincing, and the shortfall leaves an ugly, exploitive taste in your mouth.
  7. Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there.
  8. 40
    Dark Matter has neither the technical command of an art-house film nor the manufactured intensity of a grade-B thriller, yet it's also too cheap and dirty to feel like a Hollywood-scale drama.
  9. It’s hard to ask for juicier, or more timely, subject matter than high-pressure academic ambition turning violent, but to map the descent of a genius into madness isn’t a task to be taken lightly.
  10. 40
    It is easy to see the film as two movies crammed together, neither of them being very good.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 26, 2015
    4
    What the hell was that ending ? I don't get why you would end the movie that way? When this was a real situation? Then again that proffesorWhat the hell was that ending ? I don't get why you would end the movie that way? When this was a real situation? Then again that proffesor was a bastards but did he deserve that ending? No Full Review »