Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Is One Of The Year's Best-Reviewed

Summary

This week, we've got the Caped Crusader (The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger), ABBA aficionados (Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried), and space-bound simians (Space Chimps, with voice work by Andy Samberg and Jeff Daniels). What do the critics have to say? Back to Article

Comments

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

No suprise on The Dark Knight's reviews, good thing I already got my tickets because I have a feeling its going to squash Spiderman 3's record. Also did anyone see the Watchmen trailer yet its really cool.

Jul 17 - 04:37 PM

kipcanyon

kip canyon

now at 93%.

Jul 17 - 04:37 PM

Urban_Nomad

Tyler Boone

Summer 2008: The Peak of Comic Book Adaptations?

Jul 17 - 04:55 PM

AmazingAndrex

Andrew Rabon

93%.

Suck it Iron Man.

WUT

Jul 17 - 05:27 PM

moviephiliac

Samuel Cole

I don't think it will beat Spidey 3's record this weekend. There's way more competition out right now for the same audience.

Jul 17 - 05:27 PM

Big Freeze

Frank Fischer

The Critics who gave The Dark Knight a rotten rating fail to understand that the film is based off The Dark Knight comics, which are dark and disturbing, but also beautiful and brilliant. Iron Man was decent but it was too watered down, but the Dark Knight holds no punches. It's the best film of the year so far.

Jul 17 - 05:34 PM

JakeTheSnakeMane

Jake Peffer

I wouldn't say Iron Man was watered down because, like you said about Dark Knight being like its comics, Iron Man stayed true to its comics as well. It was fun and had lots of action just like its comics. So I thought Iron Man was just great and they kept the same vibe that the comics had. I'm sure Dark Knight is probly better and I can't wait to see it this weekend.

Jul 17 - 05:46 PM

JakeTheSnakeMane

Jake Peffer

I wouldn't say Iron Man was watered down because, like you said about Dark Knight being like its comics, Iron Man stayed true to its comics as well. It was fun and had lots of action just like its comics. So I thought Iron Man was just great and they kept the same vibe that the comics had. I'm sure Dark Knight is probly better and I can't wait to see it this weekend.

Jul 17 - 05:46 PM

LiLHecLou

hector torres

2008 has been a great year for comic book movie

Jul 17 - 05:52 PM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

94% TDK now passes Iron Man to become the 2nd best reviewed film after Wall-E.

And man, oh man, what a movie this is gonna be. Try not to blink for a second, this is one of those movies that you'll wish you could see for the first time more than once.

Jul 17 - 05:56 PM

Zeppelin047

Ryan Branson

You are correct sir...it was better than losing virginity. Too bad I cant pop my TDK cherry again...guess ill just become a TDK crack wh0r3 cause I need more of it. On a side note, The Dark Knight is the best movie I have ever seen. The wait was worth it...id wait 10 more years for something better than that, and longer for a character as good as and well played as the Joker by Ledger.

Jul 18 - 01:34 AM

horrorfan25

stefani stefani

I think The dark Knight will definitely beat Spider-man 3's record. The dark knight is a movie that has been getting greatly review (94% especially), the pre-order is sold out, and everyone that saw 'Iron Man' and 'Incredible hulk' will be in line with this. The only movies that are coming out this week in wide release is Mamma Mia! and Space Chimps and TDK will crush them. From last week Hellboy II: The golden army wouldn't carry the #1 spot for the second week, Meet Dave will fail again, and Journey to the center of the Earth will go under the top 5 I think. Then 2 weeks before that it was Hancock and there is no way that Hancock will hold #1 or even be in the top 4. Then 3 weeks before that is WALL-E and Wanted and yeah they did well but not enough to beat TDK.

Jul 17 - 06:18 PM

Zed'sDead

Ethan O'Brien

This has been a pretty good year for the Superhero movie. I'm kinda nervous about what's left though. The X-Men are done, the Hulk, if it isn't, should be done, and then there's the Fantastic 4's and Daredevil's. These films are attracting talent that they couldn't before...just look at Iron Man, all of the main cast has either been nominated for, or won Academy Awards. The Dark Knight is slightly similar... Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and not the end of a brief era.

Jul 17 - 06:48 PM

Xihix

Xihix Poops

94%. Second best... We just need a good bit more reviews without any negatives, and we're gold.

Jul 17 - 06:57 PM

shadowjeff

Jefferson Ng

IMO this year has quite a no. of superhero movies. The dark knight has great effects however i think its kinda draggy. Christopher Nolan has twist the story. Anyway yes this movie despite the draggyness is the best movie of 2008 xD

Jul 17 - 08:15 PM

Long Live the New Flesh

Jonathan Gammons

As of 8:23 PM RT time (whichever zone that is) June 17, 2008, "The Dark Knight" is at 93%--tied with "Iron Man". It doesn't matter, though, because as a rule of thumb on this website, anything above 85% is pretty much garanteed to be a classic. I'm hoping that I'll get to see it this weekend.

In my humble and insignificant opinion, "Iron Man" was more than decent. It represents some of the best the genre has to offer. I think that what makes "Iron Man" such an appealing and successful movie is its tone. It establishes such a fun atmosphere and instills the viewer (most viewers) with a mood of lightheartedness that it's hard not to enjoy. Most films--lesser films--lose this accessibility if they try to address significant issues. By containing the messages of the film subtly within the subtext, "Iron Man" dodges this silver bullet of cinema and transcends the sci-fi/action genre in which it might otherwise be--quite mistakenly, but also generally correctly--placed (like all truly great films of that category). The greatness of "Iron Man" is in its ability to be an intelligent (MORALLY intelligent) movie and maintain its easy tone, regardless of the (arguable) quality of its action sequences.
Integrity Energy=Greatness

That "The Dark Knight", regardless of whether or not it breaks the record, will exceed "Spider-Man 3" in terms of quality is most likely a safe assumption. Both characters have been personal favorites of mine since my youth, but "Spider-Man 3", to me, was the weak link of the series and one of the most overblown films ever (kind of the "Batman Forever" of Spideyflicks).

Jul 17 - 08:25 PM

hbk129

Terence Buie

You've also got to think that the fact that TDK is being released in alot of IMAX theatres that it will help it's total gross... I got IMAX tickets and when I looked the first 4 days of showings.. Firday-Monday are already sold out, and they cost $14.45 a pop... While i'm not sure it will beat Spidey 3, because Spider-Man is a more friendly superhero and had more built up since it was the third movie IMO... I think TDK will do excellent.. I haven't known a critic to make me stop seeing a movie but with it being so well reviewed I am hoping people who were on the fence will come out and support it..

I only don't want Batman to fall into the third movie trap that the Matrix series and to a a degree maybe the Spiderman series hit.. But in all honesty who cares? Let's all enjoy this weekend.

Jul 17 - 08:33 PM

moviephiliac

Samuel Cole

I will be VERY surprised if it beats Spidey 3, yes other people have mentioned important things working to Spidey's advantage. 1) It was the 3rd in the series and many presumed it was the culmination of the franchise at the time, 2) It opened at the beginning of the summer (which meant ZERO competition for it's audience and movie screens), 3)It appeals to a much broader audience than Batman due to Spidey being a more friendly superhero.

The only thing not working in it's favor was bad reviews...but I'm pretty sure that didn't stop enough people from seeing it opening weekend.

The Dark Knight has all of the above things working AGAINST it except reviews...and like I said with Spidey 3 nobody will care at least initially that much about reviews (though it may make a few extra bodies see it opening weekend). Regardless, I don't think it will be enough to make up the difference. Yep, and I am including IMAX, I still don't think it will be enough to make up the difference.

True it doesn't really matter and it will be a great movie...and beating Spidey 3 really doesn't prove anything anyway considering if it does it will be thanks to the magnitude of IMAX screens. I agree we should just enjoy the movie this weekend! And reflect back on it next week!

Jul 17 - 09:51 PM

-apocolyptic-

chris armit

The Dark Knight.

When I first heard that they were doing another Batman movie, I had sooooo many reservations.
Having sat through Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, I couldn't imagine it getting any better, although if it did, it would have to be "triumphant".
Christian Bale as Batman?
Again reservations.
Didn't much care for "American psycho" and watched "The Machinist" after the fact.
SO I held out as long as I could, waited for it to bought on DVD and was given a movie I could identify with.
I love Spider-Man, but this guy had no unnatural powers.
He was human after all!!.
Digression aside, the ending of "Batman Begins" was brilliant.

Skip ahead, and they are doing another Batman movie.
(sigh) a sequel.
But then I watched the few glimpses of Heath's "Joker" and realized this was more than a sequel, it was an extension of one mans idea.

I am going as a fan and as a friend of movie.

This could, from trailer alone, beat out Evil Dead 2 as my favourite movie.

IAm actually looking forward to sitting in a movie theater.

Jul 17 - 11:16 PM

-apocolyptic-

chris armit

The Dark Knight.

When I first heard that they were doing another Batman movie, I had sooooo many reservations.
Having sat through Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, I couldn't imagine it getting any better, although if it did, it would have to be "triumphant".
Christian Bale as Batman?
Again reservations.
Didn't much care for "American psycho" and watched "The Machinist" after the fact.
SO I held out as long as I could, waited for it to bought on DVD and was given a movie I could identify with.
I love Spider-Man, but this guy had no unnatural powers.
He was human after all!!.
Digression aside, the ending of "Batman Begins" was brilliant.

Skip ahead, and they are doing another Batman movie.
(sigh) a sequel.
But then I watched the few glimpses of Heath's "Joker" and realized this was more than a sequel, it was an extension of one mans idea.

I am going as a fan and as a friend of movie.

This could, from trailer alone, beat out Evil Dead 2 as my favourite movie.

IAm actually looking forward to sitting in a movie theater.

Jul 17 - 11:16 PM

Sfrostee

Alex MacMillan

I just saw this film. This was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to go and see it again.

Jul 18 - 12:50 AM

canidrinkit

D Wee

How could you have already seen it? You posting time shows that you couldn't have already sat throught the film. Why on Earth would anyone lie about such a thing?

Jul 18 - 09:16 AM

dahluzz

joe shmo

america has different time zones and the posting time doesn't adhere to that. since RT is on the west side, my comments always appear to be from three hours earlier than they were, since i'm on the east coast. so... i don't think they would bother lying about that. but good attempt at detective work, boy wonder.

Jul 18 - 11:26 AM

Zeppelin047

Ryan Branson

You are correct sir...it was better than losing virginity. Too bad I cant pop my TDK cherry again...guess ill just become a TDK crack wh0r3 cause I need more of it. On a side note, The Dark Knight is the best movie I have ever seen. The wait was worth it...id wait 10 more years for something better than that, and longer for a character as good as and well played as the Joker by Ledger.

Jul 18 - 01:34 AM

Gurkha

Jac Koltz

I saw the film at a midnight showing that sold out, so they opened up another Theater, and the theater I saw it in was an old fashion theater that sat about 1500 with the balcony (also used). The local papers are reporting was reporting that shows at most of the nearby theaters are already sold out through the 7pm showing for friday (as of about 10pm thursday night). I'm already ready to see it again, and clearly am not the only one. If this thing doesnt break spideys record it will come darn close.

Jul 18 - 03:16 AM

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