Dark City (1998)



Critic Consensus: Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.

Movie Info

From the director of "The Crow," an atmospheric melange of styles and substance about aliens, night and unspeakable acts. Interesting, but more than a bit addled.

Rating: R (For violent images and some sexuality)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 28, 1998
New Line Cinema


as John Murdoch

as Dr. Daniel Schreber

as Emma Murdoch

as Frank Bumstead

as Mr. Hand

as Mr. Book

as Walenski

as Husselbeck

as Stromboli

as Mr. Wall

as Karl Harris

as Mr. Rain

as Mr. Sleep

as Hotel Manager/Vendor

as Taxi Driver

as Mr. Sleep Filming Do...

as Stranger

as Assistant Stranger

as Assistant Stranger

as Schreber's Assistant

as Automat Cop

as Automat Cop

as Mr. Goodwin

as Mrs. Goodwin

as Hotel Manager

as Train Passenger

as Station Master

as Desk Sergeant

as Murdoch (age 10)

as Murdoch (as a teenag...

as Murdoch's Father

as Murdoch's Mother

as Naked Woman

as Matthew Goodwin

as Taxi Driver

as Emma's Lover

as Fingerprint Cop

as Policeman

as Police Officer

as Hotel Lobby Cop

as Four Piece Band Memb...

as Four Pice Band Membe...

as Four Piece Member

as Four Piece Member

as Forensics Cop
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Critic Reviews for Dark City

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (20)

A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dark City trades in such weighty themes as memory, thought control, human will and the altering of reality, but is engaging mostly in the degree to which it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark City


A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche.

Dick Tracy meets Kafka in the Matrix

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The gloomily arresting visuals coupled with a kinetic pace is well founded, but the unique style cannot smooth over the bumpy plot.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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