| Original Score: 2/5
One of the most ludicrous movies in years.
| Original Score: 1/5
The sound and visuals of this movie are not to be missed on the big screen if at all possible.
| Original Score: 4/4
And what happened in the theater after we all endured Dark City? One pair of hands applauded, and someone in the back of the theater yelled, 'Oh, shut up!'
| Original Score: 3/10
Lots of style here, not nearly enough substance
City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.
| Original Score: C+
Part sci-fi thriller, part haunting 1940s film noir set piece, Dark City has lots of pizzazz, but too little punch.
| Original Score: 1/4
...focused though [Proyas] may be on providing a classic tale of the woes of conformity and the benefits of individuality, he succeeds principally in creating visual grandeur.
Sewell can make it look like someone dropped a quarter into the surface of reality and is trying not to be killed by Floating Cenobite Wannabes (TM). So?
The result of this excessive flitting is liable to be nausea and confusion among the audience, which is a shame since there is a clever story trying to get out.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Dark City has all the Gothic imagery and plot incoherence of a Tim Burton movie, without Burton's mad-scientist merriment.
It is all well and good that nobody has anything to laugh about in this movie, but the relentless gloom and frothing paranoia soon begin to drag on an earthly audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
...looks good but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
Proyas has, perhaps unconsciously, created an allegory of his own industry, a manufacturer of banal dreams, emotional clichés, hackneyed artifacts, and high-tech hoo-hah designed to conceal the vacancy within and without.
An almost really good movie lies somewhere in the stylish junkyard of Alex Proyas's Dark City.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
When Proyas isn't afraid of losing his audience, he's afraid of boring them, which means that the climax of his psychological study becomes a ridiculously chaotic battle.
| Original Score: 4/10
This is one of those movies that's more concerned with set design motivation than anything that's going on inside the characters' heads.
A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.
Writer/Director Alex Proyas needs to stop it with the writing and concentrate on making the pretty. He needs to find a good script and just direct it.