Edge of Darkness Reviews

  • As compressed and updated by screenwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell, it's just a conventional, divertingly propulsive, borderline boilerplate corporate-high-jinks thriller.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Edge of Darkness is reasonably well executed, but its competence reeks of fatigue. Another dead kid. Another angry dad. Another day at the office.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Not only is Edge of Darkness Gibson's best work in a decade -- a big improvement over such drivel as What Women Want -- it is a well-crafted thriller.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • There's nothing especially edgy or dark, or darkly edgy, or even particularly twilit about Edge of Darkness, at least as thrillers go.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • A long, complicated affair that has its moments but suffers from an overwrought plot.

    Sam Allis — Boston Globe

  • Gibson hasn't had a starring role in seven years, but he has no trouble returning to work. That he looks a little wearier, and a lot older, simply adds to his character's pathos.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Gibson's performance is certainly intense, but the gleeful energy he once brought to such hits as Lethal Weapon -- or even to Conspiracy Theory, an excellent flop -- has turned toxic, and his somber scourge is no fun at all.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The plotline... is so convoluted, it goes way past silliness; the big reveals are obvious, and by the time they come to fruition, suspense has long since leaked away.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • I liked the pace and the pulse of the film, but it launches no genuine surprise and, despite being irradiated with scenes of sickness and morbid one-liners, has little afterglow.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Gibson is a credible, attractive hero, as he has always been, so if you want fast-food action, here's your movie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Kill someone's only child, and what do you have? You have a righteous avenger role almost too well-suited for Gibson's persona.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of tedium and confusion.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • The pace is languorous, the volume (with the exception of three or four jolting episodes of violence) low, the lighting dim and grim.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Is this a drama about a father's loss? No. Is this a political thriller? Maybe, but a good thriller should consistently surprise the viewer. The movie's revelations are met with a resounding "duh."

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The only edge here is in the title. This is indeed your father's thriller.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The film depends on Gibson's performance, and he comes through.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Mel Gibson desperately needs a good movie. His fans need to see him in one. I am sorry to report that Edge of Darkness is not it.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Campbell's topnotch production team yields predictably polished results, but the director's decision to revisit the late Troy Kennedy Martin's teleplay, finally, feels lacking.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • Campbell and his cinematographer, Phil Meheux, create a pervasive sense of dread, with danger lurking around every corner of Boston and its environs.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Gibson tries on a Boston accent (it needs work) and boringly underplays his character before the inevitable "Mad Mel" makes his appearance in the third act.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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