The Dark Knight Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014

The weight of expectation should have crushed this movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
August 20, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
August 20, 2014

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.

Jonathan Romney
Independent
August 20, 2014

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

Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 20, 2014

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.

Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
August 20, 2014

The Dark Knight is a triumph from beginning to end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Lynch
People Magazine
August 20, 2014

The phenomenal The Dark Knight now reigns as the greatest superhero film of all time. From its exhilarating first frame to its bittersweet last, it sets a new standard for the genre -- and redefines what a summer popcorn movie can be.

Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
August 20, 2014

Among the great strengths of The Dark Knight is the way it combines hardboiled naturalism with the kind of stunts and setpieces you expect in summer blockbusters.

Nate Deen
Film School Rejects
August 20, 2014

Brilliantly bleak and chillingly Gothic (credit the enthralling cinematography by Wally Pfister), The Dark Knight emerges as the first truly great film of 2008.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mike Davies
Birmingham Post
August 20, 2014

The most thematically sophisticated, most philosophically profound, most narratively complex and most viscerally thrilling super-hero movie of all. It transcends the genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 20, 2014

The Dark Knight takes the process a giant leap further, transforming a typical summer blockbuster into a brooding, unsettling reflection on the increasingly blurry boundaries between good and evil.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
AskMen.com Staff
AskMen.com
August 20, 2014

Does it match the hype? Yes.

Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
August 20, 2014

At two and a half hours, it's a little exhausting, but I honestly can't say what I'd cut.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Welsh
Daily Record [UK]
August 20, 2014

Dark, mysterious and pulsating almost from start to finish, Batman's return to the big screen has set a new benchmark for the superhero film, leaving the plethora of recent comic book capers firmly in its wake.

Barry Caine
Oakland Tribune
August 20, 2014

It's too long and Nolan tosses in too many twists near the end. But it delivers ongoing adrenalin rushes, mental popcorn to chew over and a rich atmosphere to get lost in. And it's impressive enough to rank as summer's strongest blockbuster.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alex Fitch
Electric Sheep
August 20, 2014

Most of the film is entertaining. The cast is uniformly excellent and the resounding praise aimed at the late Heath Ledger is deserved.

Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
August 20, 2014

Christopher Nolan's rich and engrossing adventure rip-roars across the cinema screen, bullying blockbusters into new territory.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tiru Thiruvilangam
Little White Lies
August 20, 2014

To talk of Heath Ledger's performance is difficult, merely because, as gigantic as it is, it is only one important feature of an intricately wrought canvas.

Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
August 20, 2014

If Batman Begins was the classy hors d'oeuvre in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster trilogy, then this awesome follow-up is a main course that delivers on all levels.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
August 20, 2014

The Dark Knight is a rarity in Hollywood -- a truly earnest adaptation that in many ways exceeds even the brilliance of the work upon which it is based.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
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