The Dark Knight Reviews

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Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 18, 2008
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.
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Middling as a summer blockbuster, zero as art, and more than a bit alarming as a phenomenon
Brie Beazley
October 18, 2008
The movie is two-and-a-half hours of almost non-stop action, which while often enthralling, eventually gets tiring. It's just go-go-go.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
July 18, 2008
Now you see it, now you don't.
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
August 20, 2014
Once firmly established, the bludgeoning pace of one Joker rampage after another pounds the film's carefully detailed collaboration into mush.
Jurgen Fauth
July 16, 2008
Plodding, puffed-up kitsch mistaking itself for profound psycho noir that the source material won't support.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Nayman
Reverse Shot
July 6, 2010
Flawed and overrated.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Lacks a sense of humor and a notion about the essential silliness of this premise.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 17, 2008
Mixed with the flashes of absolute brilliance are long dead sections. The film left me more often bored than entertained. It's a certain candidate for my list of this year's most overrated movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
July 14, 2008
This movie is grim and jammed together. The narrative isn't shaped coherently to bring out contrasts and build toward a satisfying climax. The Dark Knight is constant climax; it's always in a frenzy, and it goes on forever.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 14, 2008
The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.
Marshall Fine
Star Magazine
July 14, 2008
This movie is too in love with itself to make you love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Armond White
New York Press
July 16, 2008
The generation of consumers who swallow this pessimistic sentiment can't see past the product to its debased morality. Instead, their excitement about The Dark Knight's dread (that teenage thrall with subversion) inspires their fealty to product.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 16, 2008
It's jam-packed with flawlessly designed set-pieces and skullduggery, sure, but it's also shrouded in grim portent, overlaid with a filigree of despair, and, for good measure, covered in a patina of dire consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
July 16, 2008
[Ledger gives] a fine performance regardless, and I wish the movie around it were more deserving.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
July 17, 2008
It's the standard-bearer for the school of comic-book movies that confuses pompousness with seriousness and popular mechanics for drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
July 25, 2008
The plot is often impossible to follow. And the film, though dark, isn't as deep as some have claimed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 28, 2008
Powerful acting, powerful action, huge IMAX sequences give this Batman a great big commanding feel. However, story is held hostage to action, especially in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
August 20, 2014
This is an impressive film in many ways, and Nolan directs with real confidence, yet the overall result feels cumbersome.
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
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