The Dark Knight Rises

2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Critics Consensus

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

87%

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Total Count: 358

90%

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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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Cast

Christian Bale
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine
as Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman
as Commissioner Gordon
Anne Hathaway
as Selina Kyle
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
Daniel Sunjata
as Captain Jones
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

All Critics (358) | Top Critics (59)

  • [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).

    Aug 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood.

    Jul 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Nolan has turned a preposterous character back into a grave myth, the story of a tortured saviour, reluctantly giving his all.

    Jul 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 19, 2012 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dark Knight Rises

  • Jul 21, 2016
    A very nice follow up to the Oscar winning "Dark Knight" "The Dark Knight Rises" dosnt disappoint. With more vehicles and some better acting by Bale this movie is mostly carried by its fantastic story and its crazy villain Bane. Once again Nolan outdoes himself in this beautiful crime thriller piece. The RT score is perfect where it is but id like to see it reach a 90% or higher.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    Good way to end the franchise. Leaving the story like they did gave the audience something to think about themselves as to where the story goes from there as they leave the theater. Script was the worst of the trilogy which isn't saying much as all of the films in this trilogy are good. Tom Hardy was excellent as Bane. Story starts off slower than expected before seeing Batman back into the fold but necessary seeing as they took cues from The Dark Knight Returns comic book series.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    While falling flat at some points, The Dark Knight Rises is a thought-provoking, thrilling action film that has some of the most beautiful IMAX film sequences ever captured. It concludes Nolan's ambitious tale with one of the best trilogy endings ever.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy concludes in glorious fashion and gives us a thought provoking and suitably satisfying conclusion to an epic saga. It's emotional, intense and has a great villain in Tom Hardy.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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