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Darkman Reviews

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead
January 8, 2016
Darkman still remains one of Sam Raimi's most ambitious projects to date and it's hard to do anything but admire the kind of lofty ambitions Raimi tosses at the screen with his self-created superhero crime thriller/dark comedy mash-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire
June 22, 2015
...comicbook slapstick and off-the-hook mania in a combination only previously seen in Evil Dead II.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 1, 2014
Raimi, in 1990, made the best comic-book movie there ever was...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 13, 2014
It's a fun, gruesome, and original revenge picture for horror and pulp fans alike...
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 25, 2014
As with most of Raimi's early work, the second-hand premise is an excuse for the director's movie-mad visual invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
Darkman is funny, but it's no joke; it's the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they're timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
J.C. Mašek III
February 20, 2014
Truly the overall film is quite good, but the audience will likely be moved to unintended laughter on occasion and the film is sometimes too surreally silly to truly feel as "dark" as Darkman.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 18, 2014
Every bit as funny, thrilling, and darkly captivating as it was twenty-four years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dustin Putman
February 17, 2014
[Blu-ray Review] Anything a person could possibly want to know about "Darkman" will likely be found within Scream Factory's exhaustive release. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
February 17, 2014
Darkman is a bizarre little film that merges together horror, sci-fi, comedy, romance, drama, and action into one hell of an entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 31, 2012
Bridging the gap between action and science fiction, Darkman was groundbreaking and ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 8, 2010
The wild pulp adventure that prefigured Raimi's eventual direction of the Spider-Man franchise...If you've a taste for Hollywood-funded outrÚ, Darkman is one of those rare films that fits the bill. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Raimi's $14-million project is a thrilling comic-book-style adventure that goes for the heart but uses romance and tragedy in lieu of an eight-inch blade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
June 10, 2010
Darkman remains a powerful picture, isolating a pitch of superhero sadness while amplifying the rest with a comforting church-bell clang of violence. A sly Bruce Campbell cameo is merely icing on the cake.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 28, 2010
Raimi isn't effective with his actors, and the dialogue lacks smart menace, but his canny visual sense carries many a scene.

March 28, 2010
While the film hardly works as a dramatic whole, the director's gallop through the horror sub-genres is oddly entertaining, and some of the setpieces are truly inspired.
Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
A wild and fun ride from Sam Raimi.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
August 13, 2007
It's all very colorful and pulpy and (thanks to Raimi's mega-slick direction) a real treat for the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
June 4, 2007
It's a darkly amusing treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

June 4, 2007
Despite occasional silliness, Sam Raimi's Darkman has more wit, pathos and visual flamboyance than is usual in contemporary shockers.
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