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The Dark Knight (2008)



Critic Consensus: Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

Movie Info

Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and some menace)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Johathan Nolan, David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 2008
Box Office: $533.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary - Official Site


Christian Bale
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Heath Ledger
as The Joker
Aaron Eckhart
as Harvey Dent
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman
as Lt. James Gordon
Morgan Freeman
as Lucius Fox
Ron Dean
as Wuertz
Cillian Murphy
as Scarecrow
Melinda McGraw
as Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble
as James Gordon
William Fichtner
as Bank Manager
Greg Beam
as Junkie
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Crime Boss
Will Zahrn
as Assistant DA
Patrick Clear
as Judge Freel
Richard Dillane
as Acting Commissioner
Olumiji Olawumi
as Drug Dealer
James Farruggio
as Man No. 1
Thomas McElroy
as Man No. 2
Bronson Webb
as Bounty Hunter
James Fierro
as Thug at Party
Andrew Bicknell
as Prison Ferry Pilot
Sam Derence
as Male Guest
Jennifer Knox
as Female Guest
Sarah Jayne Dunn
as Maroni's Mistress
Chucky Venn
as Gambol's Bodyguards
Winston Ellis
as Gamble Bodyguard
David Dastmalchian
as Joker's Thug
Daryl Satcher
as Officer at Intersect...
Crhis Perschler
as Convy Leader
Aidan Feore
as Fat Thug
Paul Birchard
as Cop with Fat Thug
Vincent Riotta
as Cop at 250 52nd St.
Michael Andrew Gorma...
as Cop at Hospital
Lanny Lutz
as Bartender
Peter DeFaria
as Civilian
Matt Rippy
as First Mate
Ariyon Bakare
as Guard Commander
Doug Ballard
as Businessman
Tommy Campbell
as Passenger
Craig Heaney
as Passenger
Lorna Gayle
as Passenger
Joshua Rollins
as SWAT Sniper
Dale RIvera
as SWAT Leader
Matthew Leitch
as Prisoner on Ferry
Thomas Gaitsch
as Reporter #3
Tristan Tait
as Uniform Cop
Gertrude Kyles
as Fox's Secretary
Jonathan Ryland
as Passenger Ferry Pilo...
James Scales
as Guardsman
Ian Pirie
as Prisoner
Roger Monk
as Prisoner
Ronan Summers
as Prisoner
Wai Wong
as Hong Kong Detective
Hannah Gunn
as Gordon's Daughter
Brandon Lambdin
as Armored Car SWAT
Craig Heaney
as Passenger
Matthew Leitch
as Prisoner on Ferry
Roger Monk
as Prisoner
Michael Corey Foster
as Honor Guard Leader
Adam Kalesperis
as Honor Guard Man
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight

All Critics (315) | Top Critics (53)

The Dark Knight is probably the smartest and most stylish action movie since the "The Matrix." It thinks and philosophizes. The subject it thinks and philosophizes about, perhaps not surprisingly, considering the times, is the Iraq war.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

The weight of expectation should have crushed this movie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Nolan has squeezed enough material for a saga into two and a half hours. The action moves insanely fast, the exposition is breathless, and the big setpieces practically tread on each other's heels. Down time doesn't exist in this film.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Seven Days

Declaring Christopher Nolan's Batman movie to be the best-ever comic book adaptation or one of the top action flicks of all time understates what he accomplishes.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Tampa Bay Times

This is an impressive film in many ways, and Nolan directs with real confidence, yet the overall result feels cumbersome.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Independent on Sunday

The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Observer (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight

One of the best superhero movies ever. Christian Bale continues to shine in this role. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are superb.

John Manard

Super Reviewer



Super Reviewer


While lots of people felt it as one of the greatest movies ever, I found it just like any other "one-time watch" movie.

EDIT: Apparently, I don't re-rate a movie every now and again. But I gotta take this exceptional step for an exceptional flick. Previous rating was 3/5 with the comment typed above this paragraph. However, now I'd like to change it to follows:

On my first viewing, I didn't like it much, but the feelings turned in its favor after watching it thereafter. In fact, when I first watched it, I found it just a bit better than any mediocre movie. Maybe my mood influenced my ability to enjoy it. Happens with me less often than not. However, now I watch it every once in a while (although the viewing habit has changed from every other day to every once in a while, the impression remains) for chilling entertainment.

So now the rating rises to 4.5/5. Excellent dialogues, incredible acting, and, of course, an outstanding execution deserve that in the least. Haven't had a change of heart for the final part as yet.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The Dark Knight Quotes

The Joker: Ya wanna know how I got these scars? My father; was a drinker; and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy grabs the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me and say, why so serious? He comes at me with the knife. Why so serious? Sticks the blade in my mouth. Let's put a smile on that face! Aaaaaand. Why so serious?
– Submitted by jake b (55 days ago)
Harvey Dent: It's not about what I want. It's about what's fair!
– Submitted by Chimo H (2 months ago)
The Joker: We made it.
– Submitted by Eric D (9 months ago)
Alfred: Some men just want to watch the world burn.
– Submitted by Meg W (16 months ago)

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