Dark Places

  • Studio:
  • Release Date:
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , , ,
  • Summary: Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben (Tye Sheridan), and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison forLibby Day (Charlize Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben (Tye Sheridan), and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, a broke and desperate Libby has run through donations from a sympathetic public and royalties from her sensational autobiography, without ever moving past the events of that night. When Libby accepts a fee to appear at a gathering of true-crime aficionados led by Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult), she is shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large. In need of money, she reluctantly agrees to help them reexamine the crime by revisiting the worst moments of her life. But as Libby and Lyle dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murders, her recollections start to unravel and she is forced to question exactly what she saw—or didn’t see. As long-buried memories resurface, Libby begins to confront the wrenching truths that led up to that horrific night. [A24] Expand
Watch On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Apr 7, 2015
    70
    Slouching Theron is absolutely convincing as a self-loathing haunted soul with zero ambition. As the town’s “rich slut,” Chloe Grace Moretz gives yet another pitch-perfect performance. Both actresses elevate the material, making a somewhat far-fetched story both believable and enjoyable.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Aug 6, 2015
    67
    Aside from the A-list cast, there isn’t much to differentiate Dark Places from an especially grim TV movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Apr 7, 2015
    60
    This plot-heavy suspense flick loses some of the book’s originality in translation while failing to channel its sense of Midwestern malaise. But it keeps the guessing game going long enough to compensate for some otherwise shallow characterizations, while Theron offers up an earnest and downbeat turn that says a lot with little dialogue
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jun 19, 2015
    50
    Without the spiky irony of Flynn's first-person writing (the enjoyable Jim Thompson-esque noirisms that pepper the novel, like "I have a meanness in me, real as an organ" occur only rarely) Paquet-Brenner shears the text of any richness, to have it unfold instead in a relentlessly grim manner, less intriguing and evocative than straight-up dour.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 6, 2015
    40
    [Paquet-Brenner] squanders Dark Places' icky setup for a rote investigation to find the real killer, a revelation greeted not with a "What?!" but with a "Whatever."
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 7, 2015
    38
    It makes sense that another of Flynn’s novels, the sinister Dark Places, would get the cinematic treatment as well, although this failed exercise could be used comparatively with “Gone Girl” as a What Not to Do cinematic lesson.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 12, 2015
    20
    One of 2015’s dullest.

See all 19 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 12, 2015
    7
    A 7 year old daughter survives the brutal murder of her mother and 2 sisters. Fast forward to the adult version (Charlize Theron), when she'sA 7 year old daughter survives the brutal murder of her mother and 2 sisters. Fast forward to the adult version (Charlize Theron), when she's contacted by people who believe in the innocence of her brother, who was jailed for the crime. The film alternates between her search for the truth and the events that led up to the that traumatic night. The narrative takes its time to unfold, but maintains interest thru strong direction and compelling performances. Even though Gillian Flynn's ("Gone Girl") plot is busy with coincidences, it's still interesting and even manages a bit of suspense in the final scenes. Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2015
    4
    The story is interesting, but this lacks the technical polish of Flynn's Gone Girl with director David Fincher. It should be noted that sheThe story is interesting, but this lacks the technical polish of Flynn's Gone Girl with director David Fincher. It should be noted that she adapted her screenplay, as opposed to Dark Places, where she did not. The script suffered and the edited and inferior photography did not help. Editing feels confusing at times, but some of that would be a challenge as the story jumps around in time more than most. I was surprised to see Flynn's Gone Girl follow-up with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron attached not get more of a release, but now I know why. The film as a whole does not work. Expand

Trailers

Showtimes

To get showtimes near you, enter your zip code.