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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 26, 2013
    Dark Skies is about the fragility of family, a muted meditation on how precious it does affirm that genre filmmakers who work with their eyes, their hearts and their brains still walk among us.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Feb 22, 2013
    While there are some scares along the way, Stewart foolishly gives away the whole kit and caboodle plot-wise with an opening quotation from Arthur C. Clarke.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Mar 25, 2013
    As a shocker, Scott Stewart’s (Priest) film is solid, but it’s the thoroughly depressing backdrop that you’ll take away.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 22, 2013
    Alien abductions are a truly terrifying idea, and building an alien abduction movie on the template of "Poltergeist" is a great idea. But "Poltergeist" had one thing Dark Skies is sorely in need of: follow-through.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Feb 26, 2013
    Approaching the first half of the film fairly conventionally, Stewart then misses the opportunity to capitalize on shifting to more full-on genre mode.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 22, 2013
    The pacing is so tedious and the action so unexciting that it's a real thrill when J.K. Simmons shows up as a wry alien expert — and a huge disappointment when he disappears a few minutes later.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Feb 21, 2013
    The characters are reluctant to believe in the face of overwhelming evidence, mostly because writer-director Scott Stewart doesn’t want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it’s easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He’s not really holding anything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Dec 22, 2013
    Having seen the film twice now, I have to say it has been an amazing experience to watch this film. From the plot to the acting and the cast; the film represents the feelings of both parents and their children in a way that draws your attention to the film like many other films cannot manage doing. As a horror film enthusiast and having watched hundreds if not more than a thousand horror films to-date; I have to say this is one of those films that I will not hesitate to make my friends watch and re-watch myself again and again. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie was awesome had a few good scares and a well acted plot. The aliens in the movie were mysterious and didnt really show much detail besides sithoulettes. The characters werent bad like most scary movie casts. Overall a great movie that people should watch atleast once. The only thing I have to complain about is the bizare ending that has a clever twist but seems rushed. All in all a great scifi psuedo horror flick. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2014
    This movies goes into the "I was pleasantly surprised" category. The trailer was a yawner and the apparent premise initially screamed "overdone!" A family is creeped out by a a bunch of weird, unexplainable things happening in their suburban home. While this movie is not original as a whole, there are surprisingly original and creepy scenes to entertain even the most jaded horror fan.

    While at first it feels like a "made-for-TV" movie, the performances start growing on you and as you finally get an idea of what is really going on, you're hooked. Compared to Director Scott Stewart's previous outings, "Legion" and "Priest," this is the best of the bunch, and frankly, the best of the most recent suburban, lamely titled fright-flicks (like "Possession"),
  4. Sep 18, 2014
    Summary: Aside from some awkward and unnecessary moments, Dark Skies boasts a believable performance by Keri Russell and a tense final act with a surprising ending. 62/100 [C+]

    Dark Skies is a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. I liked this film, especially its little ending, even though its final act contains lots of confusing scenes and some dumb decisions are taken by the characters.

    It starts slow, but it was entertaining enough for me. It keeps the suspense during the second act and there are some bloody and violent little scenes. There's some mildly effective human drama, that makes you being concerned for the two main characters and their problems at their job and other issues. Until the final act the film explains why all this "aliens" are bothering them, but these two parents don't do anything logical to protect their family and the script doesn't help either; It could have more aliens, cleverness and scares. However i enjoyed this film and deserves a positive review because of Keri Russell and Its climax it's pretty entertaining.

    The characterization is pretty decent but some of the performances are weak and a horror film needs believable performances, unfortunately only Keri Russell gives an empathic and likable presence in the film. The child actors are quite average and Josh Hamilton as "Daniel Barret" is awful, though his character receives a good treatment and sometimes his acting is okay, in the majority of the film i felt his performance quite wooden and lazy. Well at least the rest of the cast were not that bad. I'm very mad with this director because he put an unnecessary sexual scene in the film, involving kids, it was very silly and inappropriate.

    Dark Skies has an original and interesting premise, but unfortunately, the film boasted a lot of cliches of the genre, and it could have been so much better. It doesn't offers any real scare; Yeah, it has some creepy atmosphere and scary images but it doesn't delivers real scares or memorable moments; It just didn't delivered enough scares for me. The best thing about Dark Skies is its ending and Keri Rusell. Dark Skies will be a pleasant film if you're a horror buff. If you're not, well this will be a huge let down. [C+] Check out my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque
  5. Jun 4, 2013
    It’s the kind of movie you watch, enjoy and then forget about its existence. The suspense is well maintained, and the ending has a nice twist, I would recommend it for those days you have nothing better to do and wanna spend the whole day watching movies. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    This film is OK but there is nothing new or overly inventive here. This film is not a bad watch, but they basically take different things from other invasion movies and they turn it into this film. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2013
    not good at all!!!!!!ZERO it was not good it was small potatoes it was cheap it was junk would not tell you to go see it very low rate no qualitynot not not not not not not not good at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! should be consider donation money to the actors just not likeable at all. Expand

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