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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In Darkness is an agonizing experience, especially when Jews are publicly humiliated in the streets and a driving rainstorm nearly drowns those cowering in the depths. Holland means to shake you. In Darkness has the power to haunt will haunt your dreams. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In Darkness is an extraordinary movie, and somehow good art creates its own uplift. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    What makes this nominee for the best-foreign-film Oscar singular among Holocaust movies is the way it characterizes the banality of life underground. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The filmmaker, whose career took off with a very different sort of Holocaust film, 1990's Oscar-nominated "Europa Europa," understands that most of these stories arrive at a point of unspeakable, incomprehensible horror. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's a transformation as wrenching to watch as it is vital to remember. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    This story of suffering and almost inadvertent humanitarianism is harrowing, engrossing, claustrophobic and sometimes literally hard to watch. show more

  • 55
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Rather than beginning with the assumption that there is no possibility of our coming to know that kind of suffering exactly and using imagination and insight to truly take us inside the Lvov Jews' plight, Holland makes the base conditions of their confinement a narrative as well as aesthetic priority. And frankly it's boring as shit. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The elephant in the room of any discussion of Poland and the Jews is that country's less-than-glorious record of betrayal and collaboration with the Nazis. Holland, who is half-Jewish and whose mother was active in the Polish Resistance, doesn't shrink from that legacy. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    In Darkness is gloomy and hard to take for a running time of 145 minutes, but it's an important film, related with deep conviction, and uncompromising in its understanding of the remarkable things members of the human race have done - to, for, and against each other - in the wilderness of war. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie also glows bright with life and hope, celebrating the innate human instinct to push onward and persevere, even in the face of incomprehensible evil. show more

  • March 26, 2012 miakessler
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    The film was overly long and compared to other Holocaust films, did not make me feel the intensity of surviving int the was good enough but NOT A GREAT FILM.

  • March 07, 2012 pkgoal51
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    A certain contender for 2012 award nominations. One of the most intense and emtional films I have ever seen. You literally forget at times you are watching a film as opposed to being there watching in real time.The acting is first rate as is the cinematography. Not only is the story based on real events during the holocaust in Poland but it portrays the human fault line as never witnessed before in similar films.

  • February 23, 2012 po852
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    Excellent movie, but half an hour could have been cut by not filming so much time in the sewers...that part was getting a bit boring...the point had already been well made.

  • February 21, 2012 JKBTeacher
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    Quite a story about one brave Polish sewer worker who protects and saves Jewish citizens in Poland. This remarkable story tells how this sewer worker hides these Jewish citizens in the sewers from the Nazis during World War Two.

  • December 18, 2011 zhora6
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    Wonderfully acted and directed. I believe this film will be up for an Oscar. This is a story told amid the holocaust, but with a unique look and feel from others. The story focuses on complex, a-typical characters. This film is moving , raw, and thought provoking.

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