The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Critic Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.

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It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. -- (C) Warner Bros.
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PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Christian Bale
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine
as Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman
as Commissioner Gordon
Anne Hathaway
as Selina Kyle
Tom Hardy
as Bane
Marion Cotillard
as Miranda Tate
Morgan Freeman
as Lucius Fox
Liam Neeson
as Ra's al Ghul
Josh Pence
as Ra's Al Ghul (young)
Burn Gorman
as Stryver
Tom Conti
as Prisoner
Joey King
as Older Prison Child
Chris Ellis
as Fr. Reilly
Brett Cullen
as Congressman
Josh Stewart
as Barsad
Daniel Sunjata
as Captain Jones
Ben Mendelsohn
as Daggett
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

All Critics (334) | Top Critics (53)

[This] wrap-up wraps up few of the threads in the first two films, and that the climactic cliff-hangers are nothing special (as well as flabbily edited).

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

There was an opportunity here for Nolan to show us another way, to (again) stretch the boundaries of what is possible in a superhero film. Instead, alas, the latter half of The Dark Knight Rises retreats toward conventionality.

Full Review… | July 20, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

I'm not arguing that Rises should be Singin' in the Rain. But its Wagnerian ambitions are not matched by its material. It hasn't earned its darkness.

Full Review… | July 20, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he'd extend to a 10-part series, at least.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
CNN.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

A perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies in history, "The Dark Knight Rises" balances smarts, action and emotion with expert precision. "Rises" may not be a great movie on its own. As a standalone story it feels incomplete and without the existence of the prior two chapters it would be vacant emotionally. "Rises" manages to also improve the stature of first entry "Batman Begins" and cements "The Dark Knight"'s status of one of the best superhero films in history. Set eight years since the conclusion of "The Dark Knight", "Rises" finds Bruce Wayne in depressed hiding, still recovering from losing his true love and sacrificing his alter ego's reputation for the sake of Gotham City. But his sacrifice is only a temporary solution as there's terror threatening to rise and destroy Gotham City. Wayne/Batman is inspired to come out of hiding as a cat burglar awakens his libido and arouses his curiosity. The story is not as strong as "The Dark Knight" was but the themes are connected and Nolan is able to complete his trilogy puzzle quite ably. Tom Hardy puts some affected touches on Bane, but it works. "The Dark Knight Rises" ends one of the best superhero trilogies in dark but appropriate fashion.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

Despite Wagnerian pretensions what arrives is a film awash in its own mythos, like a soul mumbling to itself in the dark ... which should suit the fans just fine. Effective performances, enough surprise cameos to charm, decent and fun writing, strong directorial vision, a bad guy up to Batman's standards (altho vocally muffled - what's up with that???), what's not to like? See it at IMAX for the full thundering effect, and there's a lot of thunder.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The more time that passes, the worse I feel about this film. this film adds levitt and hathaway, two actors i love, but is really pretty bad. a dud to cap off what could have been a masterful trilogy.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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