A thriller centered on an alien disguised as a human and a boy tagged for abduction.









Film information

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Release date: Feb 22, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens
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Runtime: 97 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    More chilling than terrifying, this movie’s predatory aliens are creatures that mostly mess with people’s heads prior to abducting them. more

  • 63
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    Mostly, though, it all ends up feeling like a lost, minor episode of “The X-Files:” A little scary, a little silly and catnip for those who want to believe. ...

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by A.A. Dowd
    The real mystery of Dark Skies isn’t who’s pulling the paranormal pranks — it’s lanky visitors from above, not vengeful spirits from beyond — but why Dimension is treating this reasonably effective potboiler like something that should be hidden away at Area 51. more

  • 60
    Variety - by Dennis Harvey
    In the end, a pretty good buildup to OK payoff without any real surprises en route makes Dark Skies feel just enough above average to make one wish it had one memorable spark of conceptual inspiration up its sleeve. ...

  • 60
    The New York Times - by Andy Webster
    Dark Skies certainly parades textbook genre trappings...But those elements are employed with consummate dexterity. ...

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    Good horror films are imprinted by the fears and anxieties of the day, converting real-life atrocities into abstracted scares; mediocre ones are imprinted, too, but with trends and commercial formulas. If Dark Skies resurfaced on TV or brain implant 20 or 30 years from now, horror fans would be able to carbon-date the film almost to the month. more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie builds a moderate, if less than monumental, level of spookiness, regardless of your ignorance. It’s a workmanlike piece of suspense. more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    It’s a passably chilling bit of nonsense that builds on the past, the tropes of the genre, and relies on them for the odd jolt and the occasional ironic laugh. more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling — a slow-burn horror parable or paranoid invasion flick — or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall. ...

  • 38
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Peter Sobczynski
    Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure. ...

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by Calum Marsh
    Scott Stewart's Dark Skies is the definitive horror film for the Tea Party era. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    A psychological thriller aiming to avoid the straitjacket of formula.