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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.

Movie Info

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. -- (C) Warner Bros.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Kane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2012
Box Office: $448.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Christian Bale
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine
as Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman
as Commissioner Gordon
Anne Hathaway
as Selina Kyle
Marion Cotillard
as Miranda Tate
Morgan Freeman
as Lucius Fox
Liam Neeson
as Ra's al Ghul
Josh Pence
as Ra's Al Ghul (young)
Burn Gorman
as Stryver
Tom Conti
as Prisoner
Joey King
as Older Prison Child
Chris Ellis
as Fr. Reilly
Brett Cullen
as Congressman
Daniel Sunjata
as Captain Jones
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News & Interviews for The Dark Knight Rises

Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

All Critics (330) | Top Critics (52)

[This] wrap-up wraps up few of the threads in the first two films, and that the climactic cliff-hangers are nothing special (as well as flabbily edited).

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Nothing here compares to the spastic, crackling electricity of the interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in "The Dark Knight."

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

By the thrilling... Nolan satiates his taste for the big action set piece, but all is grounded in an intricately woven world of fierce loyalty and even more fierce enmity.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
Winnipeg Free Press

You should consider the overall brilliance of Nolan's series of "Dark Knight" films and wonder whether the next filmmaker willing to take on the caped crusader's story is batty.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
Tulsa World

Lacking a central figure as dazzling as Heath Ledger's Joker, The Dark Knight Rises is not as strong as its predecessor, but it's still a doozy. Um, a violent, grim, nightmarish doozy.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
NUVO Newsweekly

My issues with it are few and didn't detract from my love for this film, which I believe you're going to love, too.

Full Review… | August 1, 2015
ABC News Radio

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

A perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies in history, "The Dark Knight Rises" balances smarts, action and emotion with expert precision.

"Rises" may not be a great movie on its own. As a standalone story it feels incomplete and without the existence of the prior two chapters it would be vacant emotionally. "Rises" manages to also improve the stature of first entry "Batman Begins" and cements "The Dark Knight"'s status of one of the best superhero films in history.

Set eight years since the conclusion of "The Dark Knight", "Rises" finds Bruce Wayne in depressed hiding, still recovering from losing his true love and sacrificing his alter ego's reputation for the sake of Gotham City. But his sacrifice is only a temporary solution as there's terror threatening to rise and destroy Gotham City. Wayne/Batman is inspired to come out of hiding as a cat burglar awakens his libido and arouses his curiosity.

The story is not as strong as "The Dark Knight" was but the themes are connected and Nolan is able to complete his trilogy puzzle quite ably. Tom Hardy puts some affected touches on Bane, but it works.

"The Dark Knight Rises" ends one of the best superhero trilogies in dark but appropriate fashion.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


Despite Wagnerian pretensions what arrives is a film awash in its own mythos, like a soul mumbling to itself in the dark ... which should suit the fans just fine. Effective performances, enough surprise cameos to charm, decent and fun writing, strong directorial vision, a bad guy up to Batman's standards (altho vocally muffled - what's up with that???), what's not to like? See it at IMAX for the full thundering effect, and there's a lot of thunder.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The more time that passes, the worse I feel about this film. this film adds levitt and hathaway, two actors i love, but is really pretty bad. a dud to cap off what could have been a masterful trilogy.

danny d

Super Reviewer

The Dark Knight Rises Quotes

Bane: Your punishment must be more severe.
– Submitted by Chimo H (8 months ago)
Miranda Tate: You see, it's the slow knife, the knife that takes it's time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones, that's the knife, that cuts deepest.
– Submitted by Tom D (8 months ago)
Bane: You think darkness is your ally. You've merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man and by then it was only blinding.
– Submitted by Vance F (13 months ago)
Bane: Do you feel in Charge?
Daggett: I paid you a small fortune.
Bane: And this gives you power over me?
Daggett: What is this?
Bane: Your money and infrastructure has been important, until now.
Daggett: What are you?
Bane: I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you all have been living on.
Daggett: You're pure evil.
Bane: I'm necessary evil.
– Submitted by Desh B (17 months ago)

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