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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  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 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. Expand
  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 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 Expand
  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 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. Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2012
    6
    There is a certain poignancy to this film but that lays within the story and nothing else. There's little connection between the viewer and the story unfolding. There is little connection between the watcher and the characters. It misses. The empathy is there but there's no connection.
  5. Nov 17, 2012
    7
    It is the hallmark of a good quality foreign film that reach a point where you overlook that fact that you are reading the dialog. This is that sort of film. The story is compelling and the pacing is excellent. Well worth your time.
  6. Dec 12, 2012
    8
    While certainly not the only film to touch base on the horrors of the holocaust,
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 4, 2012
    67
    At times the sewer dwellers don't appear worth saving, except for Socha's profiting. This can't be the filmmaker's intention but it's there.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    There is release at the end of this fine film, but no euphoria; just a sense of having come through a period of evil, the memory of whose darkness will never entirely lift.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    The film never hides its uncomfortable truths in the shadows.