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The Dark Knight Reviews

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

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 Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 4/5

August 20, 2014
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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 Source: Tampa Bay Times

August 20, 2014
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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 Source: Observer [UK]

August 20, 2014
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee

The Dark Knight is a triumph from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 20, 2014
Jason Lynch
People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 20, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab

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.

Full Review Source: Independent

August 20, 2014
Nate Deen
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A+

August 20, 2014
Mike Davies
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2014
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2014 Staff

Does it match the hype? Yes.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 92/100

August 20, 2014
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

August 20, 2014
Andrew Welsh
Daily Record [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]

August 20, 2014
Barry Caine
Oakland Tribune

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 Source: Oakland Tribune | Original Score: A-

August 20, 2014
Alex Fitch
Electric Sheep

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

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

August 20, 2014
Andrew Hedley

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2014
Tiru Thiruvilangam
Little White Lies

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.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

August 20, 2014
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2014
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A+

August 20, 2014
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Nolan's Dark Knight constantly keeps us off-balance and fills us with breathless anticipation for the next stunning turn-of-events. Ask yourself this: How long has it been since you've seen a movie like that?

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 4/4

August 20, 2014
Timothy Mangan
Orange County Register
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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 Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B

August 20, 2014
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