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Daredevil Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2015
It isn't a great film, or even a greatly original one. Still, it has many grace notes, and interesting oddities.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 14, 2015
Much of the rest of Daredevil is so dark that you can't see it. I don't think you're missing a great deal.
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Ben Nuckols
Associated Press
July 14, 2015
When Farrell's on screen, Daredevil becomes more than just a finely tuned entertainment machine. In a movie that will rake people in no matter what, it's fun to see something unexpected.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 13, 2015
There's good stuff in the margins. But on the heels of such successful comic-book adaptations as X-Men and Spider-Man, Johnson's film makes Daredevil look like the second-rate hero he never really was.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 7, 2010
Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
[A] dull actioner.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Convincing in the physical demands of the role, Affleck persuades us of the pain of sightlessness and supersensitive hearing, although writer/director Johnson's scrappy construction fails him and everyone else as the showdown approaches.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
February 20, 2003
The movie has far less emotional weight than, say, Spider-Man.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
February 19, 2003
The numerous fight scenes have been filmed in Confuse-o-Rama, a headache-inducing technique that mixes a dozen too many cuts per minute, projectile P.O.V., and intermittent glimpses of the hero's sonar sensorium.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 19, 2003
A collection of false starts interrupted by an awful lot of angst-ridden contemplation, the picture serves up soul-searching gush with scant pulse-pounding rush.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 18, 2003
Daredevil has electric energy, a wickedly dark sense of humor, some ingenious fight scenes and that high-powered cast.
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February 15, 2003
Kind of lousy.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
Perfectly satisfactory without being deeply satisfying.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 14, 2003
Daredevil doesn't take a single dare.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2003
A pretender in the realm of bona fide superheroes.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 14, 2003
There'll be plenty of ragging to go around once audiences get a dose of the dullest live-action comic strip on record, one that lacks even an interesting villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 14, 2003
Even in February, it feels like the worst movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 14, 2003
Marvel's on a roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 14, 2003
With the appearance in movie theaters of Daredevil, we have now officially arrived at the bottom of the comic-book pile.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2003
One of the biggest misfires in its genre since Godzilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2003
Daredevil isn't laugh-out -loud lousy, it's something worse: deeply, depressingly average.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2003
After sundry Batmans and last summer's Spider-Man, the comic-book formula of childhood loss, filial revenge, and freakish physical prowess doesn't seem all that fresh anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 14, 2003
The action almost never stops, which is both Daredevil's biggest asset and its greatest shortcoming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 14, 2003
The best Marvel movie to date.
| Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2003
Completely devoid of subtlety or sense, the film is a series of bad scenes connected by empty characters, most of whom seem like leftovers from scripts abandoned long ago.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
February 14, 2003
A well-crafted introductory course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 14, 2003
Too hollow and pedestrian to dramatize the conflict between its hero's vigilante streak and his moral straits imaginatively.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2003
Not woeful, not wonderful, merely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 14, 2003
A decent version of a comic book brought to the big screen with moments of gleaming intensity.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 14, 2003
Plays closer to the Joel Schumacher campy sequel Batman & Robin: convoluted, junky and obsessed with form-fitting leather costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 14, 2003
The flick misses the bull's-eye by such a length that nobody except hard-core fanboys and leather fetishists will be panting for the sequel promised at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2003
The movie is actually pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 14, 2003
The maroon couch-suit is kind of cool and it's fun to watch him suck face with Jennifer Garner. But in the end, Ben Affleck can't make us forget that other red-costumed New York superhero.
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 13, 2003
The dialogue is dreadful, a stale sort of hokum that wouldn't make the cut at Marvel Comics.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 13, 2003
Second-rate and ordinary.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 13, 2003
A dull waste of a compelling comic-book character.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2003
While Daredevils' title role proves to be a snug fit for Ben Affleck, the movie itself sags in all the wrong places.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 13, 2003
For all its ambition, Daredevil can't overcome the fact that at its colorful center lies a perfect blank in a bad suit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2003
Daredevil is slick, expensive and filled with good-looking actors flexing muscles, but once it grabs our attention it doesn't really reward it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 13, 2003
A grimly glam superhero tale that doesn't quite dare to hit the heights.
| Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 12, 2003
Daredevil, in this movie at least, is little more than a hollow clone of Batman and Spider-Man, with far less idiosyncrasy than either.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2003
Sometimes, you can tell when parts of a movie have been left on the cutting room floor, and that's the case with Daredevil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4