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Dark City Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 29, 2007
One of the most ludicrous movies in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The sound and visuals of this movie are not to be missed on the big screen if at all possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
And what happened in the theater after we all endured Dark City? One pair of hands applauded, and someone in the back of the theater yelled, 'Oh, shut up!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Lots of style here, not nearly enough substance
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2008
City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Part sci-fi thriller, part haunting 1940s film noir set piece, Dark City has lots of pizzazz, but too little punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
...focused though [Proyas] may be on providing a classic tale of the woes of conformity and the benefits of individuality, he succeeds principally in creating visual grandeur.
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
Sewell can make it look like someone dropped a quarter into the surface of reality and is trying not to be killed by Floating Cenobite Wannabes (TM). So?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The result of this excessive flitting is liable to be nausea and confusion among the audience, which is a shame since there is a clever story trying to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
Dark City has all the Gothic imagery and plot incoherence of a Tim Burton movie, without Burton's mad-scientist merriment.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It is all well and good that nobody has anything to laugh about in this movie, but the relentless gloom and frothing paranoia soon begin to drag on an earthly audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
...looks good but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Proyas has, perhaps unconsciously, created an allegory of his own industry, a manufacturer of banal dreams, emotional clichés, hackneyed artifacts, and high-tech hoo-hah designed to conceal the vacancy within and without.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
An almost really good movie lies somewhere in the stylish junkyard of Alex Proyas's Dark City.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
When Proyas isn't afraid of losing his audience, he's afraid of boring them, which means that the climax of his psychological study becomes a ridiculously chaotic battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Paul Tatara
April 28, 2008
This is one of those movies that's more concerned with set design motivation than anything that's going on inside the characters' heads.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.
Jon Popick
January 7, 2009
Writer/Director Alex Proyas needs to stop it with the writing and concentrate on making the pretty. He needs to find a good script and just direct it.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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