The Dark Knight Reviews

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May 31, 2017
You will feel utterly numb after the screening of The Dark Knight. The film is bleak and brilliant.
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
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.
April 10, 2013
An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.
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.
July 6, 2010
Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker.
October 18, 2008
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.
July 25, 2008
[Ledger's] manic zest gives the film its energy.
July 25, 2008
Watching the first dizzying, vertiginous overhead shot of the glittering skyscrapers and minuscule streets, I literally forgot to breathe for a second or two, and found myself teetering forward on my seat...
July 18, 2008
I'm betraying my childhood to concede this, but Nolan has finally topped Tim Burton's two twisted spectaculars.
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.
July 18, 2008
The film is so relentlessly bleak that, paradoxically, its blackness is not given its full due. But this comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I've seen all year.
July 18, 2008
Watching The Dark Knight is like gazing into a mirror on a waning moon night: chilling and mesmerizing.
July 17, 2008
Despite the tensions between its form and its function, The Dark Knight succeeds far more than it fails, and lingers provocatively in the mind.
July 17, 2008
There is an exquisite order in the chaos, a fascist formality and video game surrealism that resists the forces of disintegration with a sort of superhuman determination.
July 17, 2008
While the film may be a hell of a ride, it takes a hell of a long time for the ride to grind its way out of first gear.
July 17, 2008
As promised, Heath Ledger is terrifying. Cruelty plus cleverness is a fearsome combination.
July 17, 2008
Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, The Dark Knight goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind.
July 17, 2008
An explosively provocative [film]. ... Exhilaratingly straightforward action sequences matched by moral complexity of a sort not usually associated with comic-book movie franchises.
July 17, 2008
Where Batman Begins was largely about the considerable personal toll exacted by its hero's decision to fight back against the forces of evil while adhering to a code of honor, The Dark Knight expands those weighty themes to city scale.
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