The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 30, 2012
The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 20, 2012
There was an opportunity here for Nolan to show us another way, to (again) stretch the boundaries of what is possible in a superhero film. Instead, alas, the latter half of The Dark Knight Rises retreats toward conventionality.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 20, 2012
I'm not arguing that Rises should be Singin' in the Rain. But its Wagnerian ambitions are not matched by its material. It hasn't earned its darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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July 19, 2012
The biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he'd extend to a 10-part series, at least.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 19, 2012
Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 19, 2012
The director and cowriter/brother Jonathan Nolan pay heed to Wayne's wounded emotional arc. And the film is a feat of painstakingly crafted closure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 19, 2012
TDKR completes on the great trilogies in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 19, 2012
Yes, The Dark Knight Rises. And rises. And rises some more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 19, 2012
Nolan knows where the good stuff will be mined: big IMAX action scenes juxtaposed with intimate moments of dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2012
Spoiler alert: "The Dark Knight Rises" will earn a billion dollars, be the subject of more master's theses than "Citizen Kane" and win the Academy Award for best picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 19, 2012
This could - should - have been a swifter movie, but it sends the Batguy out in style. And let's face it, he's earned it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 18, 2012
At over two hours and forty minutes long, with repeated scenes of bone-crunching violence and a maddeningly unrelenting percussive score by Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight Rises is something of an ordeal to sit through.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 18, 2012
Arguably the biggest, darkest, most thrilling and disturbing and utterly balls-out spectacle ever created for the screen.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2012
Production-wise, effects-wise, Nolan's movie - much of its big action sequences shot with Imax cameras - is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 18, 2012
A fitting conclusion to an artful trilogy, culminating with satisfying dazzle, despite some notable flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 18, 2012
Nolan's finale gives us the inevitable with generous portions of suspense, surprise and delicious shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2012
Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand even half of what's going on -- not generally, but specifically -- you'll be doing better than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 18, 2012
A satisfying and often breathtaking tale of good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 18, 2012
At a time when Hollywood seems incapable of doing anything that isn't a grand-scale fantasy, Nolan has hijacked the form to bring it down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 18, 2012
In case you'd forgotten - and the summer of 2012 has given us much to forget - this is what a superhero movie is supposed to look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 18, 2012
Speaking lines they cannot possibly understand, not one actor makes any attempt to be believable. So manufactured and synthetic that they eventually lose all sense of reality, they're like reconstituted orange juice and processed cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 18, 2012
The grave and satisfying finish to Mr. Nolan's operatic bat-trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2012
A disturbing experience we live through as much as a film we watch, this dazzling conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is more than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 18, 2012
Saddled with the impossible expectations surrounding the final chapter in his trilogy of Batman movies, Nolan surprises by one-upping you. He gives you more than you expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 18, 2012
While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short, their Batman trilogy ends with a suitably thrilling mix of guts and glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 18, 2012
[Nolan] has made a completely satisfying movie with The Dark Knight Rises, one steeped enough in self-contained mythology to reward hard-core fans while giving less invested viewers a rousing, adroitly executed piece of popcorn entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
July 18, 2012
This is a sequel that succeeds, meeting expectations built ridiculously high by fan culture and savvy marketing. In the end, Nolan's Dark Knight rises to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2012
The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, takes a few vague pokes at Wall Street and the financial elite but mainly revives the ponderous psychodrama of the first movie.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2012
What worked beautifully in "The Dark Knight" seems overworked and almost ridiculously grim in "The Dark Knight Rises."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 18, 2012
An epic and then-some send-off to a character, and a franchise, that made it safe for superheroes to get serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 18, 2012
Christopher Nolan's dramatically and emotionally satisfying wrap-up to the Dark Knight trilogy adroitly avoids clichés and gleefully subverts your expectations at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 17, 2012
The film begins slowly with a murky plot and too many new characters, but builds to a sensational climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
July 17, 2012
As a cop tells a younger partner when Batman first reappears, "Boy, you're in for a show tonight, son." And, indeed, it's been quite a show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 17, 2012
If the film is not quite the achievement "The Dark Knight" was -- and maybe that's the real question -- it's still a fitting end to a very ambitious series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 17, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises ultimately justifies its length (in fact, a good argument could be made for a longer cut) and the last 45 minutes is nothing short of spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 17, 2012
It is, through and through, a Nolan movie - a brooding, complicated film that asks that you come to the theater prepared and that you watch the movie engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 17, 2012
Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
The history of Batman's burden is, however, increasingly cumbersome, and it's Mr. Bane who finally makes the pertinent point: "Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die."
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 17, 2012
"Merely great" feels like the most backhanded of compliments, but when a filmmaker is coming off a one-two punch of pop masterpieces like The Dark Knight and Inception, expectations get invariably raised for what comes next.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 17, 2012
This Knight not only rises, it also cuts deep -- not just as spectacular entertainment but also as harrowing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Fear
Time Out
July 16, 2012
My faith that a truly important piece can be gleaned from these tales of costumed champions has been broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2012
It's spectacular, to be sure, but also remarkable for its all-encompassing gloom.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 16, 2012
This is the problem when you're an exceptional, visionary filmmaker. When you give people something extraordinary, they expect it every time. Anything short of that feels like a letdown.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 16, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises only rarely starts to tremor under the weight of its own portent, and is not without its own sly humor. Well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 16, 2012
For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter -- a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 16, 2012
Potent and provocative, The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 16, 2012
Retains the moral urgency and serious-minded pulp instincts that have made the Warners franchise a beacon of integrity in an increasingly comicbook-driven Hollywood universe.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2012
Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 16, 2012
The way the various strands tie up is a mite predictable, but it's satisfying nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5