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  • Summary: The disappearance of two children in a German town leads to secrets of four families and a link to something supernatural in 1986 in this mystery thriller written by Jantje Friese and directed by Baran bo Odar.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 5, 2017
    80
    Jonas’s search for answers offers the pleasures of puzzle-solving, if not profound drama, and if you give Dark a few episodes you may find yourself hooked.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 4, 2017
    80
    A consistently engaging genre effort in its own right, employing unsettling production values and an enormous cast of well-drawn characters for a narratively splintered investigation into questions of fate and free will. ... Come for the surface similarities to Stranger Things, stay for the unique time-travel insanity.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Nov 16, 2017
    75
    Even when Dark is clinical in its set-up of these interweaving story threads, there’s still an incredible amount of energy coursing through the show.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 30, 2017
    50
    I grew initially frustrated at how little Dark was showing me about its characters and how little investment I was feeling in them, though the middle of the season produced some sympathy that I can't explain without spoiling the twists.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Dec 1, 2017
    50
    Like other shows that invite the viewer to try to solve them, Dark suffers a bit in the humanity department. With so many characters, and such attention on how their identities and actions fit into the plot, there isn’t much room to truly get to know these people on a deeper level, at least not in the six episodes that I watched out of the ten total.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Dec 2, 2017
    45
    Where Stranger Things is deft, Dark is heavy-handed; where Stranger Things is well-paced, Dark moves at the speed of a dump truck lost in a bog; where Stranger Things' kids are likeable and funny, Dark's are sullen and sour.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Dec 1, 2017
    40
    Dark feels strangely one-note, elevated purely by the increasing eccentricity of the plot, which eventually tip-toes into the science-fiction realm when time travel becomes a major element of the story. The less said about that the better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54
  1. Dec 2, 2017
    10
    I don't get why critics do not like this gem of a series; it is written wonderfully and I like that it enters more of a science-fiction realmI don't get why critics do not like this gem of a series; it is written wonderfully and I like that it enters more of a science-fiction realm than a supernatural one. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2018
    10
    It is surprising to see Critics give this instant cult classic a mixed rating, especially the ones who have not even watched the whole season.It is surprising to see Critics give this instant cult classic a mixed rating, especially the ones who have not even watched the whole season. Dark is a profound and moving drama, its distinctly European flair given to the time travel genre fits astoundingly well. The characters are not just simple 2D caricatures, but rather more complex humans who you can relate with because of their flaws and also good sides. Unlike Stranger Things this show masters pacing and its characters do not just follow simple tropes. The characters as stated above are multidimensional and cant just be labeled as the "Bully" character or the "Sidekick". In this sense, this show gives a very realistic outlook on how a community would react to time travel. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2017
    10
    Best Time Travel Series ever , mentions Most Of time Travel Paradoxes And theories , Perfect Music And Cast , Well Directed And Just In OneBest Time Travel Series ever , mentions Most Of time Travel Paradoxes And theories , Perfect Music And Cast , Well Directed And Just In One Word , Masterpiece Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2018
    9
    review after 4 episodes - There are similarities til Stranger Things, but no where like a copy or rip off. The mood is dark and sinister.review after 4 episodes - There are similarities til Stranger Things, but no where like a copy or rip off. The mood is dark and sinister. Story interesting, scary and surprising.
    Many characters so you need to stay alert or you might miss something. But so far it Works very well.
    The soundtrack/score is very well used and fits the darkness very well.
    Highly recommend seeing it.
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  5. Dec 10, 2017
    9
    Das even STRANGER things, ja? I liked Stranger Things, but thought I'd like it even more if the young cast was a bit more grown up... enterDas even STRANGER things, ja? I liked Stranger Things, but thought I'd like it even more if the young cast was a bit more grown up... enter Dark.

    Far from an easy show to watch, and there were multiple times I was compelled to pause watching it, in order to draw a web to connect what was going on and with who... though I never actually did. A lot of the fun I had watching this show came from my own realizations while watching it, and the plentiful uncertainty, all the way up to the very last of it.

    I also learned that Germans are apparently totally cool with standing in heavy rain while their hair, clothes, and everything else is getting completely soaked. (j/k, sort of)
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  6. Dec 12, 2017
    8
    The surprise of the year and undoubtedly the best Netflix series of 2017 after Mindhunter.
    A series of a type long gone, one that offers you
    The surprise of the year and undoubtedly the best Netflix series of 2017 after Mindhunter.
    A series of a type long gone, one that offers you a solid plot, difficult to follow, that does not throw you all at once, is slow, absorbing and fascinating. Rarely a series manages that each time an episode ends you are speechless and breaking your head trying to decipher the events that took place on screen.

    This German production stands out for its story, its cast and the very fine work of production, the cinematography is beautiful and the music and direction is pretty good as well. The only big problem I got was that all the episodes are structured in the same way and that makes it feel repetitive, but the story is so captivating that frankly it doesn't matter much and when you reach the end of the season you'll want more.

    Super recommended.
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  7. Dec 8, 2017
    0
    The more I watched, The more I disliked the show. So many sub-plots that make little sense or have any true exploration. So many stupid plotThe more I watched, The more I disliked the show. So many sub-plots that make little sense or have any true exploration. So many stupid plot twists that make no sense or were predictable from the get-go. Dark is the kind of show that starts interesting and then just totally nosedives after the first couple of episodes. I would not recommend it at all. Expand

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