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The Dark Knight (2008)

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94

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 288
Fresh: 270 | Rotten: 18

Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 5

Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

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Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as

Dec 9, 2008

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An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.

April 10, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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The Dark Knight is a film that's fantastic on the action front, seeds its acrobatics in its own reality, and always feels relevant even when its ideas are drowned out by clatter.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (18)
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The symbiosis of good and evil is the film's philosophical core, and images of duality and cloaked identity are strewn through it like shards from a fun house mirror.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comment (1)
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Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (451)
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The film is so relentlessly bleak that, paradoxically, its blackness is not given its full due. But this comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I've seen all year.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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The glimpse into the Joker's darkness during his documented torture scene is a credit to the devastatingly lost potential of Heath Ledger.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

It's not just the best Batman film ever. It's not just the best superhero movie ever. It's more than a money-spinner, a franchise, a comic-book cash-in. The Dark Knight is a stunning piece of work that deserves every word of praise spoken about it.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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a phenomenal masterpiece whose creators aren't content with simply making a great comic book movie, but craft one that transcends the genre to become one of the best films this decade.

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Thank Warner Bros. for letting Nolan make such a smart, thrilling, emotionally involving, just terrifically well rounded and fully realized entertainment that challenges and elevates notions of what a so-called 'summer blockbuster' can do.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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It is ridiculous how much praise "The Dark Knight" truly deserves. Heath Ledger is this film's crowning jewel. By the time you get to the end credits, you'll immediately want to see it again.

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Comment (1)
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The Dark Knight is the best kind of sequel -- one that uses its predecessor as a gateway to explore new facets of its characters and its world.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Comment (1)
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Visceral and terrifying.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Comments (7)
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Even if this wasn't Ledger's final role before his untimely death last year, his Joker would still go down in cinema history as one of the most creepily unhinged big-screen bad guys of all time.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

More than a comic-book adventure, this is a sprawling crime epic.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (2)
Digital Spy

You know you're watching a good movie when it puts a smile on your face right from the start. In the The Dark Knight it may be a twisted grimace but given the right perspective there's enjoyment to be had in even the bleakest subject matter.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (4)
Common Sense Media

Allusions to our current struggles with surveillance, public perception and terrorism are thrown into the mix, adding political immediacy to Nolan's psycho noir.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Bring on part three.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comments (3)

Completely lacking in vanity, Ledger creates his finest performance.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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Flawed and overrated.

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It not only surpasses Batman Begins - previously considered the high-water mark of movies about the Caped Crusader - but one that magnificently transcends the superhero genre.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comments (5)
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Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight

While lots of people felt it as one of the greatest movies ever, I found it just like any other "one-time watch" movie.

EDIT: Apparently, I don't re-rate a movie every now and again. But I gotta take this exceptional step for an exceptional flick. Previous rating was 3/5 with the comment typed above this paragraph. However, now I'd like to change it to follows:

On my first viewing, I didn't like it much, but the feelings turned in its favor after watching it thereafter. In fact, when I first watched it, I found it just a bit better than any mediocre movie. Maybe my mood influenced my ability to enjoy it. Happens with me less often than not. However, now I watch it every once in a while (although the viewing habit has changed from every other day to every once in a while, the impression remains) for chilling entertainment.

So now the rating rises to 4.5/5. Excellent dialogues, incredible acting, and, of course, an outstanding execution deserve that in the least. Haven't had a change of heart for the final part as yet.
July 18, 2014
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Let's open this review with the fact that Batman is THE BEST superhero ever, with no other even coming close to his levels. So when a sequel is made for an unforgettable movie like "Batman Begins" expectations are EXTREMELY high. I think that if you could describe this movie in a few words it would be "152 minutes of pure awesomeness." Christopher Nolan probably created the best ever comic book adaptation of a movie. The movie itself has been adapted in a much more realistic fashion than the comic book series. First of all this movie is PERFECT for people who like punches, drama, shooting and explosions. The movie has a complicated plot that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. It's anything BUT corny, since a few important characters die, and the ending isn't happy, but it's flawless. Christian Bale has proved himself one again as an amazing actor. Michael Cane (portrays Alfred Pennyworth) makes you fall in love with Batman's loyal butler. Now anyone that has seen the movie and is reading this review is probably wondering why I haven't mentioned the main reason why this movie is flawless. And yes, there is ONE main reason: Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger portrayed Batman's arch nemesis in this movie: the Joker. Now anyone who has a clue in comic books knows that the Joker is INCREDIBLE. Heath Ledger's acting in this movie has turned the Joker into a LEGEND. I have never seen such perfect and realistic acting than the portrayal of the Joker in this movie. The Joker is portrayed in a much more mature fashion than the comic books, and that's why it was so good. It's simply impossible to describe him: he's bold, insane, smart, twisted and he's so awesome in this film that at some points you love him even more than Batman. If I haven't mentioned it by now, this is without a doubt the best movie I have seen.Those who come with high expectations after seeing "Batman Begins" will not be disappointed. I advise that no one under the age of 11 watches this movie as Two-Face's appearance is rather frightening and the film contains intense action. 4 1/2 Stars 11-15-13
January 7, 2014
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The movie is almost perfect. Outstandingly acted and perfectly directed by Chris Nolan. The movie's only fault lies in the fact that the character of Harvey Dent/Two Face isn't given enough time to develop his psychological state. Heath Ledger steals the show and stands out as the best actor in the bunch. The movie gets better and better every time I watch it.
May 1, 2013
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    1. Joker: See I'm a man of simple taste. I like things such as gunpowder...dynamite and...gasoline!
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    1. Joker: What doesn't kill you makes you stranger.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (3 months ago)
    1. Gordon: Because we have to chase him. Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now, so we'll hunt him. Because he can take it, because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.
    – Submitted by Sean R (4 months ago)
    1. Joker: Madness, as you know, is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.
    – Submitted by Sean R (4 months ago)
    1. Joker: Its simple, we kill the Batman.
    2. Maroni: If its so simple, why haven't you done it yet?
    3. Joker: If your good at something never do it for free.
    4. Chechen: How much you want?
    5. Joker: Half.
    – Submitted by Sean R (4 months ago)
    1. Gambol: You're just a freak in a cheap suit.
    2. Joker: The suit, it ain't cheap, you oughta know you bought it.
    – Submitted by Sean R (4 months ago)
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