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Dark: Season 1 Reviews

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February 14, 2018
Dark is a masterfully filmed series that slowly and grippingly explores the labyrinth of secrets in a deeply troubled town.
December 20, 2017
Dark is a serious, serious affair, and once the curtain has lifted over the mystery in this plot-heavy narrative, all that is left is a bunch of humourless and unremarkable characters.
January 4, 2018
Dark stumbles, with no small amount of self-importance, into the same erroneous belief as Westworld, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones: That the twist in the story ... is enough to sustain a narrative that lacks the scaffolding of strong characterization.
December 1, 2017
Where Stranger Things is deft, Dark is heavy-handed; where Stranger Things is well-paced, Dark moves at the speed of a dump truck lost in a bog; where Stranger Things' kids are likeable and funny, Dark's are sullen and sour.
November 30, 2017
Watching Dark, you might be left with the idea that there are no new ideas. Only remakes and reruns.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 3, 2017
I know the Germans are said to be a serious lot, but the nonstop grimness of Dark strains both credulity and interest.
December 19, 2017
It feels safe to say Dark may be one of Netflix's strongest shows to date.
December 4, 2017
Following the instantaneous success brought by the debut season of "Mindhunter" and the masterful season two of "Stranger Things," the streaming gargantuan is back at it again with their most morose and twisted series to date.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 1, 2017
While the sci-fi details of Stranger Things ramp up the entertainment value of the series - "Wow, that tween just threw a whole van into the air with her mind!" - Dark uses time travel to help it interrogate the big questions of the world.
November 29, 2017
Dark certainly has what it takes to open up a new market, and therefore change the landscape of streaming shows once again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 11, 2017
Dark doesn't have the nostalgia hook of Stranger Things, and so may not have the same broad appeal, but it's every bit as gripping and arguably spookier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 1, 2017
Dark is the first German produced Netflix original series and it makes every effort to make its mark. And succeeds.
January 22, 2018
Dark is one of those shows that stays with you long after you've finished watching.
December 26, 2017
Is it the new Stranger Things? I don't know, but I'm intrigued enough to stick around and find out.
November 23, 2017
If you're in search of jump-scares and tangible terrors, look elsewhere. Dark is more concerned with the slow burn, and creating the subtle, increasing feeling that all is not right in the world.
Top Critic
December 1, 2017
The time travel conceit does more than give us a window into how these families have evolved over many decades - it's brings a whole new meaning to "things are not quite what they seem here."
December 4, 2017
Compelling, beautifully made TV, which demands a little too much from the viewer to be absolutely essential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2017
Even if some of the "You may like this..." seams still show in the making of Dark, its biggest selling point is as a story about a community haunted by something it refuses to talk about.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 6, 2017
... Dark is closer to the noir genre, to drama and to science fiction, with elements of terror. [Full review in Spanish]
December 1, 2017
There aren't many missteps in Dark. The super slo-motion anguished screams of Ulrich look as if they were copy-and-pasted from a daytime soap, but everything else is tuned into the show's dense and foreboding frequency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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