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Dark Horse (15)

Dark Horse (15)


Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector and a woman who is the dark horse of her family.

The critical consensus

Though more forgiving than previous Solondz films, Dark Horse is too slight to herald a wholesale change of direction. Yet it’s still worth catching, if only for Walken’s terrible toupee.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 19/06/2012

Less confrontational than most Solondz movies, in that it refrains from violence or kink, but still unsettling and affecting.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 26/06/2012

No Solondz classic; but nasty-nice, beautiful (sort of) and deftly crafted.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 28/06/2012

This witheringly deadpan lark.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 28/06/2012

After the death-metal of emotional horror in his earlier movies, Solondz gives us quieter chamber music in a minor key.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 28/06/2012

A film that blurs reality and fantasy, inviting our laughter but also earning our sympathy.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 29/06/2012

Dark Horse hasn't the ensemble brilliance and emotional daring of Happiness but it does at least uphold the film-maker's status as a one-off.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 29/06/2012

Full of laughs, and plenty of biting home truths.

****(*)Omer Ali, Little White Lies, 29/06/2012

New Todd Solonz film is supremely dark and disturbing suburbia satire.

****(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 12/07/2012

It’s brutal to watch, and perhaps mercifully short.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 15/07/2012

Outrageously gloomy, and of course it goes too far, but this is Solondz back on form for a comedy like no other.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 19/07/2012

Todd Solondz delivers a much more engaging portrait of suburban mediocrity in Dark Horse, albeit one that’s still fairly pitiable.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 19/07/2012

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday July 20, 2012, until Sunday July 22, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday August 10, 2012, until Sunday August 12, 2012. More info:

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