Dark Horse

Now in his 30s but emotionally stuck in his early teens, a vintage-toy enthusiast strikes up an unlikely but successful relationship with a woman who has some adjustment troubles of her own -- until a secret threatens to undermine the whole affair.
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It would be unfair and patronizing to say that Solondz needs to grow up, but "Dark Horse" suggests that it's time for the bard of bourgeois hypocrisy to consider moving on.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
Solondz has made a career out of specializing in highly aberrant views of middle-class life.
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe  full review
That Gelber can make Abe appealing in any way is a triumph. That Solondz can orchestrate such a feat is an even bigger one.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
Solondz will never be much for happy endings, but the film is strangely optimistic and at times borders ever-so-slightly on the whimsical.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds.
Stephanie Zacharek, Los Angeles Times  full review
Todd Solondz, the dean of depressive comedy, is back with another funny, shocking, emotionally probing original.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
[Solondz] pulls one too many narrative stunts, with one too many dream sequences, calling into question the reality of everything that's happened - including that soap-operatic finale.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
[A] wonderfully realized and surprisingly understated dark satire...
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
You have to admire the filmmaker for what he has achieved thus far in Dark Horse, and mourn Abe's premature departure from the action.
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail  full review
As awful as Abe is, you can't help rooting for him as he struggles to get his life in order, all while his vivid fantasy world seems to be closing in on him.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
Even though Todd Solondz' latest journey into suburban dysfunction may seem dark (and is), it's also about joy, and how easily it's wasted.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
Abe may deserve all that comes to him, but the question of how he got this way sustains the picture, against all odds.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
There are times when it is dark humor, and then times when it is simply dark. But there is something more going on here, something deeper and more ... hopeful?
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
The most squirm-inducing aspect of Dark Horse is the way that Solondz is still stuck in his outdated loser tropes.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
Solondz is a minor master of black comedy-the flattened emotional responses, the grotesque non sequiturs, the perverse desires lurking under a bland surface.
David Denby, New Yorker  full review
It's tough to get on Todd Solondz's wavelength, but boy is it worth the emotional gyrations.
Characters turn out to have improbable secret lives, or pop in and out like hallucinations. Plotlines that start to satisfy, attitudes that start to make sense, are ruthlessly upended.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
It's a typical Solondz sad-sack tale, but this film seems to be disgusted by its own characters, which isn't true of the director's best work.
Sara Stewart, New York Post  full review
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