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Dark Matter

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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


  • 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

Wonderful film! must see!

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

Good beginning, lame finish

I've never heard that brilliant people shoot others. And I can't believe that he choose such lame job at the end.

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.

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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