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The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Ian Cheney

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About the Movie

Is darkness going extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America's brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers, and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark." – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jan 17, 2012

Fresh: An informative, well-rounded look at light pollution told with a star-gazing enthusiast's passion for his subject. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Jan 23, 2012

Fresh: Poetic, at times profound... – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Apr 5, 2012

Rotten: Cheney is welcome to his anxiety, but not to the specious science of societal collapse by street lamp. – Eric Hynes, Village Voice, Jan 17, 2012

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The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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