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 … 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: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Bob Kane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2012
Box Office: $448.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Bruce Wayne/Batman

as Selina Kyle

as Miranda Tate

as Alfred Pennyworth

as Commissioner Gordon

as Lucius Fox

as Ra's al Ghul

as Ra's Al Ghul (young)

as Stryver

as Prisoner

as Older Prison Child

as Fr. Reilly

as Congressman

as Barsad

as Captain Jones
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

All Critics (312) | Top Critics (49)

As befits the saga's engagement with the economics of Gotham City, a great deal of topical material floats about here, insufficiently digested.

Full Review… | June 22, 2015
Sight and Sound

The Dark Knight Rises is an intense and brutal viewing experience, easily the most emotionally exhausting of the three films.

Full Review… | June 22, 2015

A sprawling mess that basically reboots itself and starts all over again roughly halfway through its ludicrous 164-minute running time.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Cold, bleak and brutal, it's easily the moviegoing spectacle of the year.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The pleasure, however preposterous, is in Nolan's dedication -- creating, maintaining, and to an extent defending a universe in which people still take this stuff very seriously.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Sacramento News & Review

If there were ever doubts about Christopher Nolan and his ability as a filmmaker, he puts all things to rest and declares himself one of the most innovative and visionary directors working today.

Full Review… | September 14, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

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


Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, a reclusive Bruce Wayne brings Batman out of retirement to combat a ruthless mercenary with an army of fanatical followers who hold the entire city of Gotham for ransom. I feel I have to begin this review by pointing out that The Dark Knight Rises is a beautifully crafted superhero blockbuster, because otherwise it's going to sound extremely negative! The problem for me is that this film is somewhat lacking in the "X Factor" that made the first two instalments seem so very special. Let's face it, Tom Hardy had an act that's basically impossible to follow but when the script touched on the moral ambiguity of the character of Bruce Wayne (that he's essentially a billionaire who goes around beating up poor people to maintain the establishment's status quo) I thought that Nolan had done it again. Unfortunately he chose not to explore the social implications, instead electing to hang a bomb over the heads of this "citizen's revolution" reducing Bane to another hostage taking thug instead of a radical revolutionary. I also think that removing Alfred and therefore much of the humanity and humour from the equation was a mistake and I would have liked a little more ambiguity (a la Inception) as to the fate of the character. Plus I could also point out that the story is basically Rocky III crossed with Star Wars with yet another generic race against time tacked onto the end. All of these complaints conspired to make me somewhat disappointed with the film, but I reiterate; this is only by the incredibly high standards that were set by the franchise. By any others, The Dark Rises is an excellent piece of entertainment and deserving of the highest praise as a fitting conclusion to a series that has single handedly raised the bar for the quality of mainstream cinema.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Whats there to say its the very best Batman movie to date. 5 stars 10-30-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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