The Dark Knight
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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, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Were films judged entirely by the emotive impact of their opening and closing images, The Dark Knight would be a masterpiece."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"a phenomenal masterpiece whose creators aren't content with simply making a great comic book movie, but craft one that transcends the genre to become one of the best films this decade."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"The Dark Knight is the best kind of sequel -- one that uses its predecessor as a gateway to explore new facets of its characters and its world."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The glimpse into the Joker's darkness during his documented torture scene is a credit to the devastatingly lost potential of Heath Ledger."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Thank Warner Bros. for letting Nolan make such a smart, thrilling, emotionally involving, just terrifically well rounded and fully realized entertainment that challenges and elevates notions of what a so-called 'summer blockbuster' can do."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Visceral and terrifying."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker."
‑ Laremy Legel, Film.com
"The film is so relentlessly bleak that, paradoxically, its blackness is not given its full due. But this comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I've seen all year."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's not just the best Batman film ever. It's not just the best superhero movie ever. It's more than a money-spinner, a franchise, a comic-book cash-in. The Dark Knight is a stunning piece of work that deserves every word of praise spoken about it."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"It is ridiculous how much praise "The Dark Knight" truly deserves. Heath Ledger is this film's crowning jewel. By the time you get to the end credits, you'll immediately want to see it again."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"Even if this wasn't Ledger's final role before his untimely death last year, his Joker would still go down in cinema history as one of the most creepily unhinged big-screen bad guys of all time."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
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