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  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The combative, off-putting Dark Horse features many of writer-director Todd Solondz's usual preoccupations: misery, complexity, stunted emotions, misplaced dreams. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Abe's day-to-day trials may eventually seem like cheap daytime TV, but Gelber and Solondz know how to nail the uncomfortably funny optimism shadowing American desperation. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Never less than watchable and loaded with trademark negativity so extreme it's sometimes funny, the new film is nonetheless saddled with a protagonist so narrowly and unlikably presented that, in the end, he doesn't seem worth the time devoted to him. show more

  • 85
    Movieline

    While skipping the more shocking turns of something like "Happiness," Dark Horse does feel like a return to the fearless darkness of those earlier films, a tale of a loser who's fully drawn but never allowed to be lovable. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Someone like Abe could only prevail through the powers of denial and optimistic wishing, and Solondz makes that happen, as the film gradually slips into fantasy. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's a Solondz film; it's a given. Abe may deserve all that comes to him, but the question of how he got this way sustains the picture, against all odds. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    There's a streak of compassion in Dark Horse, a sincere empathy for a thoroughly detestable man, that is as surprising as anything in Solondz's earlier, more transgressive work. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The plot's problem is insoluble: There is no honest ending for Abe other than a completely undramatic continuation of the trapped life he has lived so far. So we get narrative disjunction and a limp conclusion instead of the brilliant reversal of formula that was promised. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As the blindered Abe, relative-unknown Gelber earns a sympathetic pat on the head. But as the character is braying for attention, he's stuck in his stall, while genuine dark horse Donna Murphy carries the narrative load as the middle-aged co-worker who prances into Abe's daydreams. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    It's a typical Solondz sad-sack tale, but this film seems to be disgusted by its own characters, which isn't true of the director's best work ("Happiness," "Welcome to the Dollhouse"). We don't need to like Abe, but it's unsettling to feel the director might actively dislike him. show more

  • November 23, 2012 xz00000000132714
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    Seriously?! I was so excited to see this movie, especially after watching the trailer and reading the reviews. All I can is, the reviews have GOT to be Yarmulke effect. Of course any jewish earns a few brownies, but come on. The movie is definitely lacking. Just to be fair Jordan Gelber performed well, but that is not enough to make this movie worth this hype at all.

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