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Neglecting Julie (Frances McDormand), his lawyer lady friend, Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) works feverishly to perfect his latest invention -- artificial skin that could be used to treat burn victims. Peyton himself falls victim to an explosion when one of Julie's crooked clients sends his henchmen to sniff out an incriminating document that's been left in Westlake's lab. Hideously disfigured and left for dead, the good doctor receives an experimental medical treatment that renders him super-strong, impervious to pain and prone to heightened fits of rage. Rebuilding his lab… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Raimi isn't effective with his actors, and the dialogue lacks smart menace, but his canny visual sense carries many a scene."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Wild, woolly and occasionally wondrous."
‑ , Time Out
"Raimi, in 1990, made the best comic-book movie there ever was..."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Darkman is funny, but it's no joke; it's the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they're timeless."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"[Blu-ray Review] Anything a person could possibly want to know about "Darkman" will likely be found within Scream Factory's exhaustive release. Highly recommended."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Despite occasional silliness, Sam Raimi's Darkman has more wit, pathos and visual flamboyance than is usual in contemporary shockers."
‑ , Variety
"Darkman sustains mild interest throughout, but it never takes off, partly because a real-estate scam, gangland shootouts, city corruption and a love story clutter up the sad story of Westlake's strange mutation."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"It's a fun, gruesome, and original revenge picture for horror and pulp fans alike..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Truly the overall film is quite good, but the audience will likely be moved to unintended laughter on occasion and the film is sometimes too surreally silly to truly feel as "dark" as Darkman."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"Darkman is a bizarre little film that merges together horror, sci-fi, comedy, romance, drama, and action into one hell of an entertaining movie."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Raimi's flair for jazzy visual effects and extravagant action sequences, combined with direction that's full of punch and energy, makes this the best pop roller-coaster ride around."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Raimi's live-action comic book aims to deliver scares spiked with laughs. That it does."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As with most of Raimi's early work, the second-hand premise is an excuse for the director's movie-mad visual invention."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Every bit as funny, thrilling, and darkly captivating as it was twenty-four years ago."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Bridging the gap between action and science fiction, Darkman was groundbreaking and ahead of its time."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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