I Used to Be Darker Synopsis
A runaway (Deragh Campbell) seeks refuge with relatives whose marriage is coming to an end.
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The A.V. Club

By A.A. Dowd
Drenched in the evening glow of its urban and suburban backdrops, Darker comes alive in the dark, when its characters are drowning their...
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
This sounds like it could be austere and schematic, but the affecting, authentic performances from the first-time actors make these...
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Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed — one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing.
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The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Some occasionally awkward performance moments aside, though, the film is very compassionate towards its characters and finds just about...
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
The film exhibits a contemplative quiet and attentiveness to detail that enhances its issues of regret, bitterness, and confusion, many of...
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
There’s still enough of merit here (particularly a movingly low-key finale that strikes just the right note of reconciliation and regret) to...
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By Simon Abrams
Watching Campbell over her shoulder or in a mirror is frustrating because it consistently limits our view of her character. Porterfield's...
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The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
Where before, Porterfield seemed to be recording life as it’s lived, here, he’s mostly recording plot. The difference is glaring.
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Rated NR