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Dark Matter

  R Closed Captioning

Chen Shi-Zheng, Kirk D'Amico & Linda Sophie Chiu

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About the Movie

Elite local patron Mary (Meryl Streep) welcomes Chinese student Ye Liu to Valley State University, where he enters with dreams of fame and a Nobel Prize. But cultural differences and school politics threaten his ambitions and result in unimaginable violence. Based on actual events, Dark Matter is a thrilling examination of the origins of the universe, the dark side of cutthroat academics, and the pursuit of the American dream.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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40%
  • Reviews Counted: 40
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Dark Matter, with its view of cutthroat politics and competing egos inside a university, is also laudable in its refusal to soft-pedal the viciously petty side of the academic fishbowl. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role's demands, and the movie doesn't build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there. – Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A middling academic drama that passes pleasantly enough for roughly an hour before detouring into a tacked-on tragic climax. – Justin Chang, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It is easy to see the film as two movies crammed together, neither of them being very good. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Cuture of Academia

Well done movie about the politics and culture of academia and what can go wrong when foreign students try to assimilate. This was based on a true story and was made about a year before the Virginia Tech Shooting and was not based on that incident, but because it was similar it was held and not released until later, so did not get much press, which is probably why most people have never heard of this movie. I liked this movie more than I thought I would. It was well done.

Wonderful film! must see!

A very well acted and intelligent film. I saw it at at sundance and was extremely impressed

Who chose the ending?

This movie was doing so well: great acting, insight into Chinese attitudes, comical at times, even Meryl Streep. Then this free-fall of a climax which I found completely unbelievable. I still liked the movie, before the massacre. Insight into an unseen world.

Dark Matter
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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