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I Used To Be Darker

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matt Porterfield

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About the Movie

When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge in Baltimore with her aunt and uncle, Kim and Bill (Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor) who are having problems of their own: they're trying to dissolve their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby (Hannah Gross), just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other, letting go, looking for love where they've found it before and, figuring out where they might find it next.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed - one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Aug 20, 2016

Fresh: Scripted like a series of chronological snapshots seen from a slight distance, the film exhibits a contemplative quiet and attentiveness to detail that enhances its issues of regret, bitterness, and confusion ... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Oct 1, 2013

Rotten: The couple, both musicians, are in the midst of a bitter breakup, and Porterfield frequently trains the camera on one or the other as each performs his melancholy tunes; this stops the narrative dead in its tracks. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Nov 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews

I Used to be Darker

One of the slowest, lethargic, uninteresting or compelling wastes of time I have had to pay for. Average acting, thin plot, lazy cinematics, and overall lack of "life". Too bad, the trailer seemed like it might have been OK, not so for me.

I Used To Be Darker
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2013

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