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Dark City Reviews

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December 5, 2015
Dark City, based on a story he wrote, Proyas ups the style quotient and shoots for something more significant, plugging into current debates on the nature of the mind and soul.
Michael Dequina
March 31, 2009
A visionary slice of visceral experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 10, 2008
The experience of Dark City is one that no film lover should miss... seen now as it was intended after 10 long years of wandering in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 5, 2008
Proyas assembles his inspirations into a unique amalgam with the power of myth to tap the fears and desires of our collective unconscious. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jesse Hassenger
July 28, 2008
mixes visual marvels with B-movie archetypes
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 27, 2008
Was "The Matrix" before "The Matrix" was ever in the pop culture lexicon...
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 25, 2008
In the annals of noir Sci-Fi, by any measure, this is a Classic of cinematic invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 25, 2008
...the movie is mostly style, but it's a style so engrossing, it more than makes up for any lack of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Todd McCarthy
April 28, 2008
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 28, 2008
[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.
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Andrea C. Basora
April 28, 2008
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 28, 2008
If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 9, 2007
Dark City is a truly scary flick.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 15, 2006
Um verdadeiro clássico contemporâneo da ficção científica, nos presenteia com um roteiro brilhante, uma fotografia impecável, uma direção de arte belíssima e, é claro, com questionamentos filosósicos incrivelmente instigantes.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Murdoch's quandary proves surprisingly engrossing, the art direction is always striking, and unlike most contemporary sci-fi, the movie does risk a cerebral approach, tapping a vein of postmodern paranoia.
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Complex, yet extremely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An unsettling depiction of reality as elusive and ephemeral.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
e of the most breathtakingly spectacular looking films to come down the pike in some time..
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
It's a bit overbearing the first time you experience it, but the film holds up under repeat viewings, revealing more and more complexity and coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It is a film noir that is either for teenage boys, sci-fi fanatics or movie geeks. It won't appeal to many. But if you fit into one of the above categories you will fall in love with Dark City.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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