Darkman (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Raimi isn't effective with his actors, and the dialogue lacks smart menace, but his canny visual sense carries many a scene.

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Time Out

Wild, woolly and occasionally wondrous.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Raimi, in 1990, made the best comic-book movie there ever was...

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Despite occasional silliness, Sam Raimi's Darkman has more wit, pathos and visual flamboyance than is usual in contemporary shockers.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a fun, gruesome, and original revenge picture for horror and pulp fans alike...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Raimi's live-action comic book aims to deliver scares spiked with laughs. That it does.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As with most of Raimi's early work, the second-hand premise is an excuse for the director's movie-mad visual invention.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This is probably one of the best comicbook characters that didn't actually start out as a comicbook character, he was in fact created by director Sam… More
xGary Xx
A scientist hideously disfigured during an attack on his lab utilises the synthetic skin he was working on to wreak bloody vengeance on the criminals… More
Cory Taylor
Alan Moore could probably lay claim that 'Darkman' thusly plunders the seriocomic origin story of his brainchild 'Swamp Thing' with the… More
Lee ?
Before Sam Raimi relaunched the surprisingly good Spider-Man for the big screen he dabbled with another comic book hero themed film in the form of Darkman - the… More
Chris Miele
A classic revenge story that features some awesome Liam Neeson overacting. I think Darkman is an extremely interesting character. It sure does pack some awesome… More
Mike S
Phantom of the Opera meets The Mummy and The Elephant Man. Only far less brilliant than any of those films. It's hard to imagine that the same man who made… More