In Darkness

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 6, 2011
    60
    You know the money-over-morality argument will eventually tilt toward righteousness, yet the film's turn toward charcoal-sketch notions of good and evil only fuels a simplistic view of historical tragedy in the worst sort of way.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Feb 9, 2012
    55
    Rather than beginning with the assumption that there is no possibility of our coming to know that kind of suffering exactly and using imagination and insight to truly take us inside the Lvov Jews' plight, Holland makes the base conditions of their confinement a narrative as well as aesthetic priority. And frankly it's boring as shit.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 7, 2012
    50
    Another break in the tension is the inescapable fact that every Holocaust movie, however hair-raising, essentially thrums the same self-sacrifice-versus-self-preservation chord. It's not fair, but there it is: We've been here before.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 6, 2012
    50
    For the film to work, Holland needs audiences to connect as deeply with the trapped Jews as Socha eventually does. With the exception of the group's leader, movie-star handsome Mundek Margulies (German-born, internationally recognized Benno Furmann), the characters are flat as shadows.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    8
    A taut thriller about a true story of a dozen jews hiding out in a sewage system under Warsaw in 1944-45. Their savior is a Catholic Pole whoA taut thriller about a true story of a dozen jews hiding out in a sewage system under Warsaw in 1944-45. Their savior is a Catholic Pole who starts off as your usual anti semitic Polish peasant type yet develops, against his own fear and biases, into a true hero, warts and all. His motivation starts off as greed (they pay him in cash and jewelry) but grows from that to humanitarian concern, in part due to his more liberal wife. The characters are well developed and show an honest diversity of humans all dealing with imprisonment, terror, and starvation. A well crafted movie that tells itself without undue drama or pity. I'm not sure how well it will play out in Poland, a country well known for it's depravity and soullessness to it's own Jewish citizens. Full Review »
  2. Mar 10, 2012
    4
    In Darkness is aptly titled. This film is incredibly dark, both in a lighting sense and its subject matter. Based on the book, In the SewersIn Darkness is aptly titled. This film is incredibly dark, both in a lighting sense and its subject matter. Based on the book, In the Sewers of Lvov: a Heroic Story of Survival from the Holocaust, In Darkness joins a long line of films which document Jewish ghettos during World War II. The story follows an individual group of Jews who evade the Nazis once the ghetto massacre begins. The group dug a hole from one of their small apartments which leads down into the murky mess of the Lvov, Poland sewers. The resident lord of the sewers is Lvovâ Full Review »
  3. Lyn
    May 26, 2013
    9
    Hmmm, I don't recall Anne Frank's group engaging in so much frantic sex while they were in hiding. But with so many angles of the HolocaustHmmm, I don't recall Anne Frank's group engaging in so much frantic sex while they were in hiding. But with so many angles of the Holocaust horrors having been covered in so many other dramas, I found this one different and gripping. The lead actor's extraordinarily expressive face fills us in on his emotional and moral journey; he starts out self-serving and mercenary, but becomes invested in the desperate people who depend on him. If you are interested in this period of history, "In Darkness" will be a worthwhile addition to what you know about it. Full Review »