The Dark Knight (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and some menace)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Johathan Nolan, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 2008
Box Office: $533.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary - Official Site


as Batman/Bruce Wayne

as The Joker

as Harvey Dent

as Rachel Dawes

as Lt. James Gordon

as Lucius Fox

as Ramirez

as Wuertz

as Maroni

as Scarecrow

as Lau

as Barbara Gordon

as James Gordon

as Bank Manager


as Junkie

as Crime Boss

as Assistant DA

as Judge Freel

as Acting Commissioner

as Drug Dealer

as Man No. 1

as Man No. 2

as Bounty Hunter

as Thug at Party

as Prison Ferry Pilot

as Male Guest

as Female Guest

as Maroni's Mistress

as Gambol's Bodyguards

as Gamble Bodyguard

as Joker's Thug

as Officer at Intersect...

as Convy Leader

as Fat Thug

as Cop with Fat Thug

as Cop at 250 52nd St.

as Cop at Hospital

as Bartender

as Civilian

as First Mate

as Guard Commander

as Businessman

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Passenger

as SWAT Sniper

as SWAT Leader

as Prisoner on Ferry

as Tattoeed Prisoner

as Reporter #3

as Uniform Cop

as Fox's Secretary

as Passenger Ferry Pilo...

as Guardsman

as Prisoner

as Prisoner

as Prisoner

as Hong Kong Detective

as Gordon's Daughter

as Armored Car SWAT

as Honor Guard Leader

as Honor Guard Man
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight

All Critics (315) | Top Critics (52)

The Dark Knight is probably the smartest and most stylish action movie since the "The Matrix." It thinks and philosophizes. The subject it thinks and philosophizes about, perhaps not surprisingly, considering the times, is the Iraq war.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

The weight of expectation should have crushed this movie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Nolan has squeezed enough material for a saga into two and a half hours. The action moves insanely fast, the exposition is breathless, and the big setpieces practically tread on each other's heels. Down time doesn't exist in this film.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Seven Days

Declaring Christopher Nolan's Batman movie to be the best-ever comic book adaptation or one of the top action flicks of all time understates what he accomplishes.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Tampa Bay Times

This is an impressive film in many ways, and Nolan directs with real confidence, yet the overall result feels cumbersome.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Independent on Sunday

The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight

One of the best superhero movies ever. Christian Bale continues to shine in this role. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are superb.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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