I Used to Be Darker

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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 2, 2013
    91
    Drenched in the evening glow of its urban and suburban backdrops, Darker comes alive in the dark, when its characters are drowning their sorrows in song, the sauce, or conversation.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Oct 17, 2013
    88
    This sounds like it could be austere and schematic, but the affecting, authentic performances from the first-time actors make these characters thoroughly authentic.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed — one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Oct 2, 2013
    75
    Some occasionally awkward performance moments aside, though, the film is very compassionate towards its characters and finds just about enough original insight within the well-worn family drama genre to keep things from feeling too familiar—it’s a just a shame there couldn’t have been a little more vitality injected early on.
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 30, 2013
    75
    The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 3, 2013
    70
    Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 1, 2013
    70
    The film exhibits a contemplative quiet and attentiveness to detail that enhances its issues of regret, bitterness, and confusion, many of which are rooted in thorny parent-child relations.

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