Dark Skies Synopsis
A human child is marked for future alien abduction.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Slant Magazine

By Calum Marsh
Scott Stewart's Dark Skies is the definitive horror film for the Tea Party era.
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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...
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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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By Comrade1917
This was truly an original take on the alien abduction genre. I felt like I was watching a puzzle come together from beginning to end, if you'r into horror and science fiction, this is a must see!...

Excellent Popcorn Movie

By StangManDans
Dark Skies has everything... Good tight storyline, a couple of good jumps, good acting, I don't feel the movie ever dragged at any point, and the great thing is the movie did not lean on scares or...

Nice slow build-up to a wild finish

By elemperador
If you go in expecting something totally new or thought provoking, you may be disappointed. If you go in expecting a creepy study of a family dealing with some very weird stuff, you will be more...

Genuinely scary!

By dannypants
I had rather low expectations of this movie but it was surprisingly good! I can't say it was highly original or even unpredictable, but the performances were excellent and the fear generated in the...


By cleoX3
This was a pretty decent movie. Definitely original when speaking on current paranormal movies. Some parts had me holding onto my seat. It would've been better however if they clipped some things out...

Worth seeing

By rokeefenj
I went to see Dark Skies expecting a paranormal horror story, not expecting an alien encouinter movie, but it was very well received by me and my 13 year old son. It was worth the trip....

It was ok

By quimsley
Nothing great but I am older and it takes a lot to impress me. The teens a couple of seats downs seemed to like it. The ending kind of sucked. Realized it was pg13 so should have stayed away....

Dark Skies

By mister2tim
Slow building movie plot with teenage boob grabbing getting emphasis along with a questionable father figure background. Tension and good suspense builds quickly in last half of movie. Good plot...


By littlehippo
I liked the movie and will probably buy it when it comes out. I did not care for the ending, but other than that i enjoyed it....

Wait for Redbox

By jhs39
Horror flick about family being terrorized by aliens has individual scenes that are creepy but they never add up to anything. Dark Skies never really builds up any dramatic momentum and often seems...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence, Language, Drug Content, All Involving Teens, Sexual Material and Terror Throughout
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Subtle but dull alien invasion movie has scares, edgy stuff.
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