The Dark Knight Rises
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"Cold, bleak and brutal, it's easily the moviegoing spectacle of the year."
‑ Christopher Lawrence, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"There's no contest. The Dark Knight Rises, which opens next week, is the most hotly anticipated movie of the summer. And yes, it lives up to the hype."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Caps off the trilogy with passion and dignity, if not always with slam-bang entertainment. Whoever directs the reboot in five years will have a lot to live up to."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Tom Charity,
"The pleasure, however preposterous, is in Nolan's dedication -- creating, maintaining, and to an extent defending a universe in which people still take this stuff very seriously."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"I was surprised at just how much of a great, thrilling time I had. It's a film that genuinely earns its stripes as a grand, epic work of cinema."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"The movie's two hours and 44 minutes long but never drags, and it has at least five separate action set pieces that will drop your jaw, particularly if you see it in IMAX."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"If there were ever doubts about Christopher Nolan and his ability as a filmmaker, he puts all things to rest and declares himself one of the most innovative and visionary directors working today."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"No villain could come close to matching Ledger's inspired Joker, but give Hardy credit for supplying Bane with plenty of conviction and gravitas in a movie that, frankly, is less about actors than knockout set pieces captured in eyeball-popping spectacles."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"The Dark Knight Rises captures the spirit -- and cultural anxieties -- of the times."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
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