• Released
  • February 22, 2013
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 37 min
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 1,377 Fan Ratings
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.
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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.
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60

Total Film

As a shocker, Scott Stewart’s (Priest) film is solid, but it’s the thoroughly depressing backdrop that you’ll take away.
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60

Time Out New York

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.
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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.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Approaching the first half of the film fairly conventionally, Stewart then misses the opportunity to capitalize on shifting to more full-on genre mode.
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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.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Calum Marsh
Scott Stewart's Dark Skies is the definitive horror film for the Tea Party era.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.
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51 out of 100
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