Dark City (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dark City (1998)



Critic Consensus: Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.

Movie Info

From the director of "The Crow," an atmospheric melange of styles and substance about aliens, night and unspeakable acts. Interesting, but more than a bit addled.more
Rating: R (For violent images and some sexuality)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 28, 1998
New Line Cinema


Rufus Sewell
as John Murdoch
Kiefer Sutherland
as Dr. Daniel Schreber
Jennifer Connelly
as Emma Murdoch
William Hurt
as Frank Bumstead
Colin Friels
as Walenski
Mitchell Butel
as Husselbeck
Frank Gallacher
as Stromboli
Bruce Spence
as Mr. Wall
John Bluthal
as Karl Harris
Nicholas Bell
as Mr. Rain
Satya Gumbert
as Mr. Sleep
Ritchie Singer
as Hotel Manager/Vendor
Justin Monjo
as Taxi Driver
Noah Gumbert
as Mr. Sleep Filming Do...
Timothy Jones
as Stranger
Paul Livingston
as Assistant Stranger
Michael Lake
as Assistant Stranger
David Wenham
as Schreber's Assistant
Alan Cinis
as Automat Cop
Bill Highfield
as Automat Cop
Terry Bader
as Mr. Goodwin
Rosemary Traynor
as Mrs. Goodwin
Edward Grant II
as Hotel Manager
Deobie Oparei
as Train Passenger
Marcus Johnson
as Station Master
Doug Scroope
as Desk Sergeant
Tyson McCarthy
as Murdoch (age 10)
Luke Styles
as Murdoch (as a teenag...
Anthony Kierann
as Murdoch's Father
Laura Keneally
as Murdoch's Mother
Natalie Bollard
as Naked Woman
Eliot Paton
as Matthew Goodwin
Peter Callan
as Taxi Driver
Mark Hedges
as Emma's Lover
Darren Gilshenan
as Fingerprint Cop
Ray Rizzo
as Policeman
Bill Rutherford
as Police Officer
Marin Mimica
as Hotel Lobby Cop
Tony Mosley
as Four Piece Band Memb...
Glenford O. Richards
as Four Pice Band Membe...
Stanley Steer
as Four Piece Member
Greg Tell
as Four Piece Member
William Upjohn
as Forensics Cop
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Critic Reviews for Dark City

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (20)

A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dark City trades in such weighty themes as memory, thought control, human will and the altering of reality, but is engaging mostly in the degree to which it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark City


A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche.

Dick Tracy meets Kafka in the Matrix

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The gloomily arresting visuals coupled with a kinetic pace is well founded, but the unique style cannot smooth over the bumpy plot.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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