The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

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Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 17, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
October 17, 2014

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
September 14, 2014

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
June 11, 2014

There's no contest. The Dark Knight Rises, which opens next week, is the most hotly anticipated movie of the summer. And yes, it lives up to the hype.

Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013

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.

Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)
August 3, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 16, 2013

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 | Original Score: B
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

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 | Original Score: B+
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013

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

Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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 | Original Score: B
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
April 12, 2013

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 | Original Score: B
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
April 12, 2013

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
April 12, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Knight
National Post
April 12, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
April 12, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 31, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2012

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.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 22, 2012

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

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