Dark City Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 28, 2008
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.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2008
City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 28, 2008
[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.
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Andrea C. Basora
Newsweek
April 28, 2008
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 28, 2008
If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
April 28, 2008
This is one of those movies that's more concerned with set design motivation than anything that's going on inside the characters' heads.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Murdoch's quandary proves surprisingly engrossing, the art direction is always striking, and unlike most contemporary sci-fi, the movie does risk a cerebral approach, tapping a vein of postmodern paranoia.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
An almost really good movie lies somewhere in the stylish junkyard of Alex Proyas's Dark City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
...a reminder of how sensuous a visual trip movie watching can be.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Dark City has all the Gothic imagery and plot incoherence of a Tim Burton movie, without Burton's mad-scientist merriment.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A non-stop symphony of visual showstoppers, Dark City is nightmarish science-fiction with style to spare.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It is among the most memorable cinematic ventures in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
...so relentlessly trippy in a fun-house sort of way that it could very easily inspire a daredevil cult of moviegoers who go back again and again to experience its mind-bending twists and turns.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Dark City ... contains more philosophical and cinematic ideas in ten minutes than the last ten films I've seen put together.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Dark City by Alex Proyas is a great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like Metropolis and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4