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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If only it weren't based on a true story. It might have been a good movie. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The film does a fine job of displaying the contrasts between these tense, formalized Chinese students and the faux populist American academics. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Hypnotic, culturally pertinent drama. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An unsatisfying drama that premiered at Sundance '07 and was supposedly delayed because of the Virginia Tech shootings. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The final act of Dark Matter is grim but unconvincing, and the shortfall leaves an ugly, exploitive taste in your mouth. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    This is a great film, to a point. Unfortunately the ending doesn't deliver, making the entire feature an exercise is wasted potential. But maybe that's the point. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    It’s hard to ask for juicier, or more timely, subject matter than high-pressure academic ambition turning violent, but to map the descent of a genius into madness isn’t a task to be taken lightly. show more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly

    Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Dark Matter, with its view of cutthroat politics and competing egos inside a university, is also laudable in its refusal to soft-pedal the viciously petty side of the academic fishbowl. show more

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