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Dark Places (2015)



Critic Consensus: Dark Places has a strong cast and bestselling source material, but none of it adds up to more than a mediocre thriller that gets tripped up on its own twists.

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25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize Theron) is approached by a secret society that specializes in complex, unsolved cases. Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, and Chloe Moretz co-star in this Mandalay Pictures thriller directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Charlize Theron
as Libby Day
Nicholas Hoult
as Lyle Wirth
Corey Stoll
as Ben Day
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Young Diondra
Tye Sheridan
as Young Ben Day
Sterling Jerins
as Young Libby Day
Andrea Roth
as Diondra
Sean Bridgers
as Runner Day
J LaRose
as Trey Teepano
Shannon Kook
as Young Trey Teepano
Natalie Precht
as Michelle Day
Madison McGuire
as Debby Day
Jeff Chase
as Calvin Diehl
Drea de Matteo
as Krissi Cates
Addy Miller
as Young Krissi Cates
Laura Cayouette
as Krissi Cates' Mother
Richard Gunn
as Lou Cates
Glenn Morshower
as Jim Jeffreys
John F. Daniel
as Bob Berdella
Steve Shearer
as Bert Nolan
Carl Palmer
as Detective
Arthur Simone
as Frederick Baker Look-Alike
PJ Marshall
as Child Psychiatrist
James Moses Black
as Kill Club Solver
Mary Kim Sipes
as Kill Club Solver
Tyler Forrest
as Warehouse Guitarist
Dora Madison
as Warehouse Girl
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Critic Reviews for Dark Places

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (24)

Paquet-Brenner invests the split-time action with some brooding menace and the cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd, does his best to lend some urgency, even as things spiral from suspense into outright silliness.

January 24, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film, overall, is fatally uncertain of its identity - never quite certain whether it's a gruesome murder-mystery out to shock us or a heavy, character-based drama about a family torn apart.

January 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All in all, its contrivances might have been indulged more satisfyingly in a TV miniseries.

January 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

That unnerving way Flynn has of taking us to dark, deliciously twisted places has been utterly massacred.

January 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The third offering from Flynn Dark Places does its best to stir a multitude of emotions within us, but in doing so, the film feels contrived and hurried.

August 14, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The surface level generic pleasures of Dark Places and the stellar cast are entertaining enough, even if it doesn't quite stick the landing.

August 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Places


Coming off the success of 'Gone Girl', Dark Places is the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2009 novel of the same name and it's all about re-visiting an old case (25 years old) who some say is still unsolved, and so begins the movie. The story was adequate, I was kept intrigued throughout even if the film did drag in some places. The switching between past and present was needed in order to maintain the suspense and fill in details about the plot, so that was good choice. The film was well shot and well directed. Theron and Hoult were excellent, in fact the whole cast was good, especially Sheridan. So why did i not overly enjoy it? Firstly the major twist of the film is way too predictable, too many characters and not enough screen time to actually establish their purpose to the story and finally the characters themselves just aren't likeable. We're supposed to relate to Theron's character and sympathise with her, but she just isn't likeable and thus ultimately did not care for the outcome. If you have low expectations, you may enjoy this film for what it is, and that's a slow dark mystery film...just don't expect to be wowed by it.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer


Go in with lowered expectations, and you might end up doing alright out of Dark Places. If nothing else, you've got to at the very least admire that cast.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


So disappointed. I loved the book, but this felt blah to me. Dark and dull to look at, even the cast looked unattractive, and that's quite an achievement. I was bored and I knew what to expect. Admittedly this is because I read the book, but I can't imagine being overly enthralled even if I hadn't. A lot of bits and characters were left out and some of the cast also didn't look right. It felt like a TV movie to me.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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