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









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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
    Entertainment Weekly - by Clark Collis
    While there are some scares along the way, Stewart foolishly gives away the whole kit and caboodle plot-wise with an opening quotation from Arthur C. Clarke. 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. 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
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Justin Lowe
    Approaching the first half of the film fairly conventionally, Stewart then misses the opportunity to capitalize on shifting to more full-on genre mode. 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
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    Alien abductions are a truly terrifying idea, and building an alien abduction movie on the template of "Poltergeist" is a great idea. But "Poltergeist" had one thing Dark Skies is sorely in need of: follow-through. 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
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    The pacing is so tedious and the action so unexciting that it's a real thrill when J.K. Simmons shows up as a wry alien expert — and a huge disappointment when he disappears a few minutes later. 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. more

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

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Adam Nayman
    The characters are reluctant to believe in the face of overwhelming evidence, mostly because writer-director Scott Stewart doesn’t want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it’s easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He’s not really holding anything. more

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