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Dark Skies (15)

Dark Skies (15)

Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

The critical consensus

Taken on its own limited terms, Dark Skies engages while it lasts but misses the opportunity to really bring something worthwhile and different to the genre.

***(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 28/03/2013

It settles into extraterrestrial hokum, but still generates reasonably unsettling moments.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 31/03/2013

[Has] a rather lacklustre climax...until then, the picture is pretty effective.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/04/2013

This would like to be the Paranormal Activity of alien encounter films, down to a surveillance video subplot, but it’s more on the level of midlist spookers like Boogeyman or The Messengers. It’s unnerving while you’re watching it – Stewart stages one or two genuine jump-out-of-your-seat scares – but you might find it’s a gap in your memory a week or two later.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 04/04/2013

Zero points for originality, but interestingly messy at the same time.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/04/2013

Dark Skies doesn't have a plot, just a series of haunted-house scares, none of which would serve any purpose to an extra-terrestrial invader.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 06/04/2013

Some frights, but nothing you haven't jumped at before.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 04/04/2013

As I say, the shock of the new is not among the shocks, and this movie even includes the time-honoured horror trope of the child's drawing innocently depicting something horrifying, something that has survived a dozen spoofs.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/04/2013

If the dour home-invasion chiller Dark Skies needs one thing, it’s aliens with more novel ideas.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 04/04/2013

At odds with the rest of the film’s content, the handling of the climactic assault on the family serves to undo the goodwill Dark Skies had built up.

**(*)(*)(*)Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny, 03/04/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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