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The Dark Knight Reviews

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July 18, 2008
Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.
August 25, 2009
Middling as a summer blockbuster, zero as art, and more than a bit alarming as a phenomenon
October 18, 2008
The movie is two-and-a-half hours of almost non-stop action, which while often enthralling, eventually gets tiring. It's just go-go-go.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 18, 2008
Now you see it, now you don't.
August 20, 2014
Once firmly established, the bludgeoning pace of one Joker rampage after another pounds the film's carefully detailed collaboration into mush.
July 16, 2008
Plodding, puffed-up kitsch mistaking itself for profound psycho noir that the source material won't support.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 6, 2010
Flawed and overrated.
October 18, 2008
Lacks a sense of humor and a notion about the essential silliness of this premise.
June 2, 2017
Too much psychology and not enough pop. It's possible to be too serious, you know.
July 17, 2008
Mixed with the flashes of absolute brilliance are long dead sections. The film left me more often bored than entertained. It's a certain candidate for my list of this year's most overrated movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2008
This movie is grim and jammed together. The narrative isn't shaped coherently to bring out contrasts and build toward a satisfying climax. The Dark Knight is constant climax; it's always in a frenzy, and it goes on forever.
July 14, 2008
The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.
July 14, 2008
This movie is too in love with itself to make you love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 16, 2008
The generation of consumers who swallow this pessimistic sentiment can't see past the product to its debased morality. Instead, their excitement about The Dark Knight's dread (that teenage thrall with subversion) inspires their fealty to product.
July 16, 2008
It's jam-packed with flawlessly designed set-pieces and skullduggery, sure, but it's also shrouded in grim portent, overlaid with a filigree of despair, and, for good measure, covered in a patina of dire consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 16, 2008
[Ledger gives] a fine performance regardless, and I wish the movie around it were more deserving.
July 17, 2008
It's the standard-bearer for the school of comic-book movies that confuses pompousness with seriousness and popular mechanics for drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 25, 2008
The plot is often impossible to follow. And the film, though dark, isn't as deep as some have claimed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 28, 2008
Powerful acting, powerful action, huge IMAX sequences give this Batman a great big commanding feel. However, story is held hostage to action, especially in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2014
This is an impressive film in many ways, and Nolan directs with real confidence, yet the overall result feels cumbersome.
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