Darkman Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2007
A wild ride in dumb escapist sci-fi hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Wild, woolly and occasionally wondrous.
Andrew Griffin
Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
October 15, 2004
Fourteen years later, I'm still talking about this dark and amusing film. Sam Raimi is a magnificent filmmaker and deserves far more credit than he receives.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 6, 2003
Some of Liam Neeson's finest work. Effectively Raimi's audition for Spider-Man.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Darkman sustains mild interest throughout, but it never takes off, partly because a real-estate scam, gangland shootouts, city corruption and a love story clutter up the sad story of Westlake's strange mutation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
If you get a chance, see this movie in a theater because there is no way in the world a television screen can fully contain the stunning imagery of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Simultaneously funny and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Nice to look at, but it doesn't really work.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
October 24, 2002
One of the lamer superheroes in comic book and movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Lybarger Links
September 27, 2002
A creative, if somewhat incoherent, flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's one of those not-all-that-well-known movies that I would recommend to anyone who really loves movies. Unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2002
Sam Raimi's pre Spider-Man super hero, most castmembers are miscasted but Larry Drakes performance is wonderfull
| Original Score: 3/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 21, 2002
...great explosive scenes, surreal dream sequences with lots of reds and yellows, and really gloomy scenes in darkened alleyways
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Raimi's live-action comic book aims to deliver scares spiked with laughs. That it does.
April 25, 2001
Director Sam Raimi weaves a fantasy world of exaggerated mayhem for Leeson to leap about in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
It comes on exceptionally strong, sure of itself and its basic, primitive hold on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Certainly not Raimi at his best, but some knowing genre nods and an array of great effects make up much of the deficit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The tone of the film abruptly shifts to tongue-in-cheek toward the end, damaging the feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: -1 out of -4..+4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Raimi's over-the-top filmic style tries too hard for cult movie status and becomes boring somewhere along the line. True cult movies are however born, not made, that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This is one wild ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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