Dark Skies Reviews

  • Sci-fi and horror fans know to keep watching the skies - but they won't be missing too much if they decide to skip this.

    Clark Collis — Entertainment Weekly

  • Those elements are employed with consummate dexterity.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • The movie builds a moderate, if less than monumental, level of spookiness, regardless of your ignorance. It's a workmanlike piece of suspense.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Stewart has some lofty ambitions, some of which he almost fulfills.

    Alan Scherstuhl — Village Voice

  • It's not that Dark Skies is so awful you need to be warned away from it. It's just that it's so bland you might as well find something better to do.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.

    Peter Sobczynski — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A pretty good buildup to OK payoff without any real surprises en route makes Dark Skies feel just enough above average to make one wish it had one memorable spark of conceptual inspiration up its sleeve.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • Mostly ... it all ends up feeling like a lost, minor episode of "The X-Files:" A little scary, a little silly and catnip for those who want to believe.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • Dark Skies is an alien-abduction thriller where the biggest acts of appropriation involve the lifting of plots from other - and often better - films.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Dark Skies is sort of supernatural, but it's really more super natural....[it's] about the fragility of family, a muted meditation on how precious it is.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Film.com

  • Writer-director Scott Stewart doesn't want to play his hand too early. By the time the movie is over, it's easy to see why he kept his cards close to his chest. He's not really holding anything.

    Adam Nayman — Globe and Mail

  • There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing.

    Justin Lowe — Hollywood Reporter

  • Really the biggest problem with Dark Skies is that Stewart can never quite decide just what story he is telling or whether to focus on this character or that, instead struggling to string together scares regardless of how they fit together overall.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • Works perfectly well as a turn-off-the-lights (and be-willing-to-play-along) piece of sci-fi-sprinkled horror amusement.

    Scott Weinberg

  • Sneaks by being a retread, mainly because of the really thick tension and suspense [the director] pulls off with an effective score and sharp direction.

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Cinema Crazed

  • Dark Skies may not be a revelatory experience, but as a pure exercise in genre filmmaking, it excels.

  • Dark Skies won't totally scratch that itch for a good scare, but it's a welcome treat for those who follow the old X-Files credo, "The truth is out there".


  • When writer-director Scott Stewart eventually reveals his hand, the film loses its way, but Hamilton and Russell's solidly convincing performances keep things more grounded than you might expect.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • Dark Skies unveils its horror slowly, creating a suspenseful ride that feels satisfying even though we're traveling a familiar road.

    Forrest Hartman — Reno Gazette-Journal

  • Dark Skies is a slow-burn paranormal horror film that spends way too much time on setup and not enough on reveal.

    Jeremy Lebens — We Got This Covered

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