Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 8, 2013
    60
    A sometimes over-simplified but often affecting look at forbidden love.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 26, 2013
    90
    It's unique, powerful stuff.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 1, 2013
    75
    It’s one of the most powerful films about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has ever been attempted on the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    There's heroism and an escape of sorts in Out in the Dark — but in Mayer's despairing vision, there are no winners.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    The suspenseful love story Out in the Dark isn't a political film by any stretch, but the intrigue and prejudices of the Arab-Israeli conflict certainly fuel the romance and thrills of this entertaining, taut movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Sep 25, 2013
    50
    Instead of looking for depth or verisimilar romance, director Michael Mayer turns his characters into mere cogs in a pseudo-suspenseful thriller.
  7. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Sep 8, 2013
    60
    There's romance and tragedy, but little depth and no nuance.
  8. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 8, 2013
    80
    In Mayer’s assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Even though the plot defies credibility at several points, Out in the Dark is gripping.
  10. Reviewed by: Silvija Ozols
    Sep 24, 2013
    40
    About 45 minutes in, the film’s uneasy détente between subtlety and movie machinery fails outright, as heretofore shown-not-told themes are spelled out — “You forget where you live!” yell family members on both sides — and the paramours try to outrun violence and structural contrivance.
  11. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Sep 8, 2013
    80
    By turns dynamic, dangerous and bursting with passion, Out In The Dark is a stark, swoonsome romantic drama.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    The movie is involving, the romance affecting, the sex sound, and the catch-as-catch-can handheld camerawork smartly appropriate for the scenario.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    8
    A formidably engaging queer output from Israel, my second entry into this particular scenario after Haim Tabakman’s EYES WIDE OPEN (2009,A formidably engaging queer output from Israel, my second entry into this particular scenario after Haim Tabakman’s EYES WIDE OPEN (2009, 6/10). OUT IN THE DARK is director Michael Mayer’s debut feature, and he co-writes the script of an arresting drama wrestles with coming-out, domestic conflict, political witch-hunt, social discrimination against homosexuality with appalling atrocity. It touches on many thorny and grim issues of the facts-of-life in the middle east (perceptively chooses Palestine and Israel, the two adjacent foes, for their utter incompatibility in politics and religions, whereas love can conquer these all), tellingly and touchingly eulogises an ode to the true love’s indestructible strength albeit a gloomy future is probably anticipating for the star-crossed lovers Nimr (Jacob), a Palestinian student and Roy (Aloni), a young lawyer from Israel.

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  2. Dec 4, 2013
    6
    Yes a different romance, but is just love, there aren't amazing moments in this film, maybe isn't the perfect gay movie but is a good one............