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%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Timothy Mangan, Orange County Register
"Christopher Nolan is much, much smarter than your average filmmaker."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"The weight of expectation should have crushed this movie."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This is an impressive film in many ways, and Nolan directs with real confidence, yet the overall result feels cumbersome."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent
"The phenomenal The Dark Knight now reigns as the greatest superhero film of all time. From its exhilarating first frame to its bittersweet last, it sets a new standard for the genre -- and redefines what a summer popcorn movie can be."
‑ Jason Lynch, People Magazine
"An exceptionally smart, brooding picture with some terrific performances."
‑ Tom Charity,
"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
"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."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"The Dark Knight is a clever, loud, technically brilliant film, superbly designed by Nathan Crowley and dramatically lit by Wally Pfister. Whether such a movie can bear the increasing moral weight imposed upon it is another matter."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Among the great strengths of The Dark Knight is the way it combines hardboiled naturalism with the kind of stunts and setpieces you expect in summer blockbusters."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"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
"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."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"The Dark Knight is a triumph from beginning to end."
‑ Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee
"Brilliantly bleak and chillingly Gothic (credit the enthralling cinematography by Wally Pfister), The Dark Knight emerges as the first truly great film of 2008."
‑ Nate Deen, Film School Rejects
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