75

Chicago Tribune

The film does a fine job of displaying the contrasts between these tense, formalized Chinese students and the faux populist American academics.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Hypnotic, culturally pertinent drama.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Dark Matter, with its view of cutthroat politics and competing egos inside a university, is also laudable in its refusal to soft-pedal the viciously petty side of the academic fishbowl.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Chen Shi-Zheng's film has a graceful energy, and three strong performances help make this serene drama - and its shocking conclusion - quietly moving.
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60

Film Threat

This is a great film, to a point. Unfortunately the ending doesn't deliver, making the entire feature an exercise is wasted potential. But maybe that's the point.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The final act of Dark Matter is grim but unconvincing, and the shortfall leaves an ugly, exploitive taste in your mouth.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An unsatisfying drama that premiered at Sundance '07 and was supposedly delayed because of the Virginia Tech shootings.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there.
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40

Austin Chronicle

It’s hard to ask for juicier, or more timely, subject matter than high-pressure academic ambition turning violent, but to map the descent of a genius into madness isn’t a task to be taken lightly.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

If only it weren't based on a true story. It might have been a good movie.
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49 out of 100
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