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The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

August 3, 2013
[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).
July 30, 2012
The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood.
July 20, 2012
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.
July 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
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July 19, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
The director and cowriter/brother Jonathan Nolan pay heed to Wayne's wounded emotional arc. And the film is a feat of painstakingly crafted closure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2012
TDKR completes on the great trilogies in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 19, 2012
Yes, The Dark Knight Rises. And rises. And rises some more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2012
Nolan knows where the good stuff will be mined: big IMAX action scenes juxtaposed with intimate moments of dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2012
Spoiler alert: "The Dark Knight Rises" will earn a billion dollars, be the subject of more master's theses than "Citizen Kane" and win the Academy Award for best picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2012
This could - should - have been a swifter movie, but it sends the Batguy out in style. And let's face it, he's earned it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 18, 2012
At over two hours and forty minutes long, with repeated scenes of bone-crunching violence and a maddeningly unrelenting percussive score by Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight Rises is something of an ordeal to sit through.
July 18, 2012
Arguably the biggest, darkest, most thrilling and disturbing and utterly balls-out spectacle ever created for the screen.
July 18, 2012
Production-wise, effects-wise, Nolan's movie - much of its big action sequences shot with Imax cameras - is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2012
A fitting conclusion to an artful trilogy, culminating with satisfying dazzle, despite some notable flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2012
Nolan's finale gives us the inevitable with generous portions of suspense, surprise and delicious shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2012
Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand even half of what's going on -- not generally, but specifically -- you'll be doing better than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 18, 2012
A satisfying and often breathtaking tale of good and evil.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2012
At a time when Hollywood seems incapable of doing anything that isn't a grand-scale fantasy, Nolan has hijacked the form to bring it down to earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 18, 2012
In case you'd forgotten - and the summer of 2012 has given us much to forget - this is what a superhero movie is supposed to look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2012
Speaking lines they cannot possibly understand, not one actor makes any attempt to be believable. So manufactured and synthetic that they eventually lose all sense of reality, they're like reconstituted orange juice and processed cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 18, 2012
The grave and satisfying finish to Mr. Nolan's operatic bat-trilogy.
July 18, 2012
A disturbing experience we live through as much as a film we watch, this dazzling conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is more than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 18, 2012
Saddled with the impossible expectations surrounding the final chapter in his trilogy of Batman movies, Nolan surprises by one-upping you. He gives you more than you expected.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2012
While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short, their Batman trilogy ends with a suitably thrilling mix of guts and glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2012
[Nolan] has made a completely satisfying movie with The Dark Knight Rises, one steeped enough in self-contained mythology to reward hard-core fans while giving less invested viewers a rousing, adroitly executed piece of popcorn entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2012
This is a sequel that succeeds, meeting expectations built ridiculously high by fan culture and savvy marketing. In the end, Nolan's Dark Knight rises to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2012
The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, takes a few vague pokes at Wall Street and the financial elite but mainly revives the ponderous psychodrama of the first movie.
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
July 18, 2012
An epic and then-some send-off to a character, and a franchise, that made it safe for superheroes to get serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2012
Christopher Nolan's dramatically and emotionally satisfying wrap-up to the Dark Knight trilogy adroitly avoids clichés and gleefully subverts your expectations at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 17, 2012
The film begins slowly with a murky plot and too many new characters, but builds to a sensational climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2012
As a cop tells a younger partner when Batman first reappears, "Boy, you're in for a show tonight, son." And, indeed, it's been quite a show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 17, 2012
If the film is not quite the achievement "The Dark Knight" was -- and maybe that's the real question -- it's still a fitting end to a very ambitious series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises ultimately justifies its length (in fact, a good argument could be made for a longer cut) and the last 45 minutes is nothing short of spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 17, 2012
It is, through and through, a Nolan movie - a brooding, complicated film that asks that you come to the theater prepared and that you watch the movie engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 17, 2012
Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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."
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
July 17, 2012
"Merely great" feels like the most backhanded of compliments, but when a filmmaker is coming off a one-two punch of pop masterpieces like The Dark Knight and Inception, expectations get invariably raised for what comes next.
July 17, 2012
This Knight not only rises, it also cuts deep -- not just as spectacular entertainment but also as harrowing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 16, 2012
My faith that a truly important piece can be gleaned from these tales of costumed champions has been broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 16, 2012
It's spectacular, to be sure, but also remarkable for its all-encompassing gloom.
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.
July 16, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises only rarely starts to tremor under the weight of its own portent, and is not without its own sly humor. Well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2012
For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter -- a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement.
July 16, 2012
Potent and provocative, The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 16, 2012
A fine film in a strong summer, but it lacks the spark that made its immediate predecessor a masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 16, 2012
...a spectacular noir epic that's equal parts murky, bloated, flashy and triumphantly cinematic.
July 16, 2012
Retains the moral urgency and serious-minded pulp instincts that have made the Warners franchise a beacon of integrity in an increasingly comicbook-driven Hollywood universe.
July 16, 2012
Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.
July 16, 2012
The way the various strands tie up is a mite predictable, but it's satisfying nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5