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The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

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Top Critic
Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
July 17, 2012
Sometimes, it works, but often, it doesn't, and the honest interaction of characters is ground under the wheels of storytelling necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rick Marshall
July 25, 2012
In his last adventure under Christopher Nolan's guidance, the Dark Knight never quite rises to the occasion.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 22, 2012
Nolan's dour realism has turned the Batman experience into something like a sexless Eyes Wide Shut party.
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
July 19, 2012
It is much bigger. But it's also much colder, much more dour and emptier as it plods its way through a flurry of chaos and silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Devin Faraci
July 17, 2012
The whole movie feels so like a series of contradictions - bloated and long yet rushed, deeply serious yet utterly silly, politically minded yet ultimately vapid - that being both wildly entertaining and a bad movie would be exactly right for it.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2012
What worked beautifully in "The Dark Knight" seems overworked and almost ridiculously grim in "The Dark Knight Rises."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
July 18, 2012
The film's poster tagline is more prescient than I am certain it ever intended to be, but it is right; the Legend has well and truly ended.
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
July 20, 2012
It's this series' version of The Matrix Revolutions, The Godfather Part III or Caddyshack 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 4, 2012
Every shred of wit, mystery and humanity is pummeled out, leaving only a bullish mishmash of zeitgeisty anxiety
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 24, 2012
A joyless, bitter epic without a hint of exhilaration.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 17, 2012
Anne Hathaway is the best thing in this tediously overlong, disappointing final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 17, 2012
.. it's a ticking bomb story, but a bloated one, full of the bling of blockbuster superhero filmmaking, from the giant stunts to the choreographed fight sequences and the large scale destruction of bridges, streets, and entire fleets of police vehicles.
Diva Velez
July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises is by far the worst of the trilogy and surprising in its ineptitude. Lifeless and overlong, one can't make many excuses for this dull, empty, unfocused mess that is a sad end to what was a wonderful ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 22, 2012
Weighed down by portentousness and momentousness. The overall story remains a bit muddled. A better trilogy-capper than a movie in its own right.
Cole Smithey
August 30, 2012
Disconnected significantly from the flow of logic between the first and second installments of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films, "The Dark Knight Rises" is a disjointed mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 16, 2012
This is the problem when you're an exceptional, visionary filmmaker. When you give people something extraordinary, they expect it every time. Anything short of that feels like a letdown.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
The history of Batman's burden is, however, increasingly cumbersome, and it's Mr. Bane who finally makes the pertinent point: "Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die."
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 17, 2012
The action too often feels shoehorned in to break up the (far from universally compelling) character arcs as Nolan and his sibling co-writer Jonathan draw everything to a cathartic close.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 19, 2012
Pompous, oppressive, without humour or humans: a sort of giant plinth for which no one has remembered to make a statue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rubin Safaya
July 20, 2012
Hollywood always bets on the audience's willingness to settle for less than they deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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