The Dark Knight (2008)

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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.

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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, Rovi
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PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and some menace)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

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
Michael Caine
as Alfred
Monique Curnen
as Ramirez
Ron Dean
as Wuertz
Eric Roberts
as Maroni
Cillian Murphy
as Scarecrow
Ritchie Coster
as Chechen
Melinda McGraw
as Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble
as James Gordon
Bill Smille
as Grumpy
Matthew O'Neill
as Chuckles
William Fichtner
as Bank Manager
Beatrice Rosen
as Natascha
Edison Chen
as LSI VP
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Crime Boss
Greg Beam
as Junkie
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
as Judge Surrillo
Erik Hellman
as Junkie
Will Zahrn
as Assistant DA
Patrick Clear
as Judge Freel
Richard Dillane
as Acting Commissioner
Olumiji Olawumi
as Drug Dealer
Andy Luther
as Brian
James Farruggio
as Man No. 1
Thomas McElroy
as Man No. 2
Bronson Webb
as Bounty Hunter
Andrew Bicknell
as Prison Ferry Pilot
James Fierro
as Thug at Party
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
Keith Kupferer
as Heckler
Daryl Satcher
as Officer at Intersection
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.
Nancy Crane
as Nurse
Michael Andrew Gorman
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
Helene Wilson
as Mother
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 Pilot
James Scales
as Guardsman
Ian Pirie
as Prisoner
Grahame Edwards
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
Chin Han
as Lau
Craig Heaney
as Passenger
Matthew Leitch
as Prisoner on Ferry
Roger Monk
as Prisoner
Lateef Lovejoy
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 (317) | Top Critics (52)

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
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An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

The Dark Knight is a film that's fantastic on the action front, seeds its acrobatics in its own reality, and always feels relevant even when its ideas are drowned out by clatter.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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The symbiosis of good and evil is the film's philosophical core, and images of duality and cloaked identity are strewn through it like shards from a fun house mirror.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight

 

   
   

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½

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
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

Let's open this review with the fact that Batman is THE BEST superhero ever, with no other even coming close to his levels. So when a sequel is made for an unforgettable movie like "Batman Begins" expectations are EXTREMELY high. I think that if you could describe this movie in a few words it would be "152 minutes of pure awesomeness." Christopher Nolan probably created the best ever comic book adaptation of a movie. The movie itself has been adapted in a much more realistic fashion than the comic book series. First of all this movie is PERFECT for people who like punches, drama, shooting and explosions. The movie has a complicated plot that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. It's anything BUT corny, since a few important characters die, and the ending isn't happy, but it's flawless. Christian Bale has proved himself one again as an amazing actor. Michael Cane (portrays Alfred Pennyworth) makes you fall in love with Batman's loyal butler. Now anyone that has seen the movie and is reading this review is probably wondering why I haven't mentioned the main reason why this movie is flawless. And yes, there is ONE main reason: Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger portrayed Batman's arch nemesis in this movie: the Joker. Now anyone who has a clue in comic books knows that the Joker is INCREDIBLE. Heath Ledger's acting in this movie has turned the Joker into a LEGEND. I have never seen such perfect and realistic acting than the portrayal of the Joker in this movie. The Joker is portrayed in a much more mature fashion than the comic books, and that's why it was so good. It's simply impossible to describe him: he's bold, insane, smart, twisted and he's so awesome in this film that at some points you love him even more than Batman. If I haven't mentioned it by now, this is without a doubt the best movie I have seen.Those who come with high expectations after seeing "Batman Begins" will not be disappointed. I advise that no one under the age of 11 watches this movie as Two-Face's appearance is rather frightening and the film contains intense action. 4 1/2 Stars 11-15-13

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