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The Dark Knight Reviews

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Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
August 20, 2014
Nolan's Dark Knight constantly keeps us off-balance and fills us with breathless anticipation for the next stunning turn-of-events. Ask yourself this: How long has it been since you've seen a movie like that?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Timothy Mangan
Orange County Register
August 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
August 20, 2014
What you finally receive from The Dark Knight, then, isn't a message but a sensation, which comes from the deliberately twisted form. You learn how it feels to be in a vortex that just keeps sucking you down.
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
August 20, 2014
Once firmly established, the bludgeoning pace of one Joker rampage after another pounds the film's carefully detailed collaboration into mush.
Jay Stone
August 20, 2014
[The Dark Knight] is the right movie at the right time, especially if you have a burning desire to be excited and depressed simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nanciann Cherry
Toledo Blade
August 20, 2014
Sometimes it's easy to overlook the message in a film and just enjoy the action, but not here, as Nolan, Bale, Ledger, Eckhart, and compatriots take viewers on a compelling journey through moral ambiguity and the masks we all wear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
April 10, 2013
An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 24, 2013
Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 2, 2013
The glimpse into the Joker's darkness during his documented torture scene is a credit to the devastatingly lost potential of Heath Ledger.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
It's not just the best Batman film ever. It's not just the best superhero movie ever. It's more than a money-spinner, a franchise, a comic-book cash-in. The Dark Knight is a stunning piece of work that deserves every word of praise spoken about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
August 27, 2012
A phenomenal masterpiece whose creators aren't content with simply making a great comic book movie, but craft one that transcends the genre to become one of the best films this decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Michael Dequina
July 24, 2012
Thank Warner Bros. for letting Nolan make such a smart, thrilling, emotionally involving, just terrifically well rounded and fully realized entertainment that challenges and elevates notions of what a so-called 'summer blockbuster' can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Sawin
July 22, 2012
It is ridiculous how much praise "The Dark Knight" truly deserves. Heath Ledger is this film's crowning jewel. By the time you get to the end credits, you'll immediately want to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
July 15, 2012
The Dark Knight is the best kind of sequel -- one that uses its predecessor as a gateway to explore new facets of its characters and its world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 29, 2011
Visceral and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 24, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
Even if this wasn't Ledger's final role before his untimely death last year, his Joker would still go down in cinema history as one of the most creepily unhinged big-screen bad guys of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
More than a comic-book adventure, this is a sprawling crime epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
You know you're watching a good movie when it puts a smile on your face right from the start. In the The Dark Knight it may be a twisted grimace but given the right perspective there's enjoyment to be had in even the bleakest subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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