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The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

I was surprised at just how much of a great, thrilling time I had. It's a film that genuinely earns its stripes as a grand, epic work of cinema.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

No villain could come close to matching Ledger's inspired Joker, but give Hardy credit for supplying Bane with plenty of conviction and gravitas in a movie that, frankly, is less about actors than knockout set pieces captured in eyeball-popping spectacles.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Caps off the trilogy with passion and dignity, if not always with slam-bang entertainment. Whoever directs the reboot in five years will have a lot to live up to.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

July 16, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

The movie's two hours and 44 minutes long but never drags, and it has at least five separate action set pieces that will drop your jaw, particularly if you see it in IMAX.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

June 23, 2013
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

The Dark Knight Rises captures the spirit -- and cultural anxieties -- of the times.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 20, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The final installment in Christopher Nolan's pitch-black trilogy manages to be both relevant and topical while slavishly adhering to the stodgy tropes of the genre.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B

May 26, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

Gloom never looked as good as it does in the mesmerizing "The Dark Knight Rises."

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

May 17, 2013
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee

Even with its flaws, The Dark Knight Rises is a solid film. It just fails to live up to the magnificent legacy created by the first two movies in the trilogy. To be fair, they were incredibly hard acts to follow.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B

April 12, 2013
Katherine Monk
Canada.com

Every facet of this impressive piece reaffirms the same thematic gristle as it forces the viewer to chew on the notion of personal responsibility.

Full Review Source: Canada.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 12, 2013
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

The Dark Knight Rises is all about risks, and there are payoffs and failures to go with it.

Full Review Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

This is a solid film, taking itself seriously and asking that we do the same.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2013
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman

It's not un-entertaining. Exhausting, a bit, but not un-entertaining.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

An ambitious, honourable and satisfying conclusion to this genre-defining trilogy.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 4, 2013
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

The Dark Knight Rises directly counters the arguments made against The Dark Knight. Maybe, sometimes, it is better to leave the demons unvanquished.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 31, 2012
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Technically, The Dark Knight Rises is a thick leatherbound volume with gilded pages, though flipping through it yields a story about a big bad bald man doing eeevil things until a vigilante with pointy ears comes to the rescue.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com

December 17, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Weighed down by portentousness and momentousness. The overall story remains a bit muddled. A better trilogy-capper than a movie in its own right.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

November 22, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

There's plenty of action, intrigue, special effects, and high-tech gadgets to maintain our attention at least in spurts.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

November 20, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

There's enough that works in The Dark Knight Rises that I can overlook most of the more glaring flaws, but it remains to date the most disappointing film I've seen from 2012.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2012
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Nolan keeps things dark and dangerous

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2012
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Doubtless flawed and arguably overlong, it's nonetheless a personal and heartfelt ode from the director to the greatest comic-book character ever committed to paper -- and now film.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 5/5

October 19, 2012
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