The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight (2008)

Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

Timothy Mangan
Orange County Register

The Dark Knight is probably the smartest and most stylish action movie since the "The Matrix." It thinks and philosophizes. The subject it thinks and philosophizes about, perhaps not surprisingly, considering the times, is the Iraq war.

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Laremy Legel
Film.com

Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The weight of expectation should have crushed this movie.

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Tom Charity
CNN.com

An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The symbiosis of good and evil is the film's philosophical core, and images of duality and cloaked identity are strewn through it like shards from a fun house mirror.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

Nolan has squeezed enough material for a saga into two and a half hours. The action moves insanely fast, the exposition is breathless, and the big setpieces practically tread on each other's heels. Down time doesn't exist in this film.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The Dark Knight is a film that's fantastic on the action front, seeds its acrobatics in its own reality, and always feels relevant even when its ideas are drowned out by clatter.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Declaring Christopher Nolan's Batman movie to be the best-ever comic book adaptation or one of the top action flicks of all time understates what he accomplishes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the best superhero movies ever. Christian Bale continues to shine in this role. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are superb.
Nikhil Nandu
The movie is almost perfect. Outstandingly acted and perfectly directed by Chris Nolan. The movie's only fault lies in the fact that the character of… More
familiar stranger
While lots of people felt it as one of the greatest movies ever, I found it just like any other "one-time watch" movie. EDIT: Apparently, I… More
Bathsheba Monk
I'm definitely on the wrong side of this one. I thought there was way too much back story and talkie talk about why Bruce Wade is depressed and limping.… More
Bruce Bruce
Let's open this review with the fact that Batman is THE BEST superhero ever, with no other even coming close to his levels. So when a sequel is made for an… More
xGary Xx
Being a bit of a latecomer when it comes to The Dark Knight, this film was always going to be about the hype. It's a tall order to live up to the… More

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