The Dark Divide

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The Dark Divide is based on the true story of renowned butterfly expert Dr. Robert Pyle's (David Cross) perilous 1995 journey across one of America's largest undeveloped wildlands. At the urging of his dying wife Thea (Debra Messing), the shy author finds himself in over his head on an epic, life-changing expedition through Washington's Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of new species of butterflies. Over the course of his six-week adventure Pyle battles self-doubt, the grueling trail, and the people and creatures who call this forest home. And, somewhere deep in the heart of The Dark Divide, he makes a discovery that challenges everything he knows about the natural world. With David Koechner, Cameron Esposito, Gary Farmer and Patterson Hood. Music by The Avett Brothers, Krist Novoselic, The National Reserve, Samantha Crane, Bombidil, and more.


  • David Cross
  • Debra Messing
  • Cameron Esposito
  • David Koechner
  • Kimberly Guerrero
  • Gary Farmer
  • Ayanna Berkshire
  • Olivia Ritchie

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Sep 18, 2020

The gorgeous and often forbidding scenery (there's a harrowing episode set in an underground lava tunnel) should provide a visual balm to those suffering the claustrophobic effects of quarantining. The terrific music score, featuring numerous contributions by The Avett Brothers, feels like a bonus.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 17, 2020

While the sequences involving Robert attempting to confront his dying wife are certainly heart-rending (perhaps a tad too forcefully), the movie’s most sublime moments happen in the present, when Putnam focuses on the man’s recovery. The bits where Robert encounters the insects he’s after are as magical and ephemeral as said butterflies.

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat
Sep 16, 2020

The Dark Divide will win over nature lovers with stunning visuals and an overarching message about the importance of conserving our unpredictable planet and relishing the beauty of exploring it.

Metacritic review by Shaena Montanari
Shaena Montanari
Arizona Republic