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The Darkest Hour Synopsis
An alien attack sweeps up American tourists in Moscow.
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By Joe Leydon
The Darkest Hour turns out to be a modestly inventive and involving variation on a standard-issue sci-fi doomsday scenario.
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Los Angeles Times

Capable and compelling performers like Hirsch and Thirlby seem left to their own devices to make some connection with the material. The idea...
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Entertainment Weekly

You should be rooting for the humans, but you might as well be rooting for the blobs. Most likely, though, you'll just be rooting for the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

An alien invasion flick that evidently expects dramatic shots of a depopulated Red Square to make up for a flatlining screenplay and the...
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Boston Globe

Once upon a time, you'd go to see a grade-C genre movie like this willing to trade consistency and artfulness for a few stray thrills or...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
This is exactly the sort of film I wasn't expecting from either Gorak or his producers. In many too-obvious ways this is just a formulaic...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Really, how slovenly is it to use invisible aliens? If you're going to tease us with nothing but pinwheels of light for three-quarters of...
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Boxoffice Magazine

The Darkest Hour isn't just a dark horse contender for the year's biggest joke, it's the darkest.
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Slant Magazine

In a year-end season stacked deep with worthwhile films, what possible incentive could there be for submitting to The Darkest Hour's utter...
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The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in "The Happening" has a film tried to provoke terror with such an...
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Good Premise, Bad Execution

By Cardanko
I came into this movie thinking it'd be an awesome alien movie...I was very wrong and I love almost all alien movies. They had an awesome premise, decent actors and good effects. Yet the acting was...

Cinematic History's Darkest Hour

By taxilarry
The first 10 minutes held promise of some kind of enjoyable movie experience, but from then on it dragged on for a variety of reasons, or should I say lack of reasons. First, the special effects...

Save yourself the money, PLEASE

By Sethmalize
I don't normally take time out of my busy day to tell what I think of the movies I watch, but in this case I feel a duty to all movie goers out there: I beg you, please, don't waste your hard earned...

Save money and life you will never get back.

By majkaos
Ugh! This was horrendous. I only watched it to pass time till the next movie started and found myself time and again looking at my watch hoping it was over. This is one of those movies you know...

Darkest Hour - Survivor!

By OrazioMan
This has a decent story line, lots of drama and of course the humans start kicking some butt in the end, what else could you ask for, plus the Fork and Eat was great, food was delicious, excellent...

Two thumbs up!

By large_popcorn
My son and I loved this one! It wasnt too violent or full of blood and guts. It wasnt too mushy, or silly. It's a 'must go' if you are paying matinee prices, and a 'go' for the full evening price....

The Darkest Hour

By Calistomoviefan
The movie should have gone straight to the SyFy channel Oriignal Saturday night movie. It was only 90 mins. but felt well over 2 hours. After awhile, you didn't care if the heroe's were killed off,...

Decent popcorn style flick; terrible writing

By NeimanJ
The action and special effects are good quality until they reveal the aliens towards the end of the film, but the writing really drags the entire experience down. The characters are essentially...

The Darkest Hour indeed!

By jssvergara
It was a melding of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Independence Day, War of the Worlds (2005), Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles. It was almost as if they were trying to teach you something...


By SirMarkus
Despite poor reviews, we love our sci-fi, and went to see 'Darkest Hour' for our own decision on the matter. This movie accomplished exactly what it intended to do - throw a new spin on the well-worn...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sci-fi action violence and some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Alien invasion flick has lots of violence but little blood.
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