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The Dark Knight Reviews

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August 20, 2014
It's too long and Nolan tosses in too many twists near the end. But it delivers ongoing adrenalin rushes, mental popcorn to chew over and a rich atmosphere to get lost in. And it's impressive enough to rank as summer's strongest blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 20, 2014
Most of the film is entertaining. The cast is uniformly excellent and the resounding praise aimed at the late Heath Ledger is deserved.
August 20, 2014
Christopher Nolan's rich and engrossing adventure rip-roars across the cinema screen, bullying blockbusters into new territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 20, 2014
To talk of Heath Ledger's performance is difficult, merely because, as gigantic as it is, it is only one important feature of an intricately wrought canvas.
August 20, 2014
If Batman Begins was the classy hors d'oeuvre in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster trilogy, then this awesome follow-up is a main course that delivers on all levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 20, 2014
The Dark Knight is a rarity in Hollywood -- a truly earnest adaptation that in many ways exceeds even the brilliance of the work upon which it is based.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
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
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.
August 20, 2014
Once firmly established, the bludgeoning pace of one Joker rampage after another pounds the film's carefully detailed collaboration into mush.
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
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
April 10, 2013
An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.
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+
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
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
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
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
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
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
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