Dark City
Dark City (1998)

From the director of "The Crow," an atmospheric melange of styles and substance about aliens, night and unspeakable acts. Interesting, but more than a bit addled.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 27, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylishly gloomy, Dark City offers a polarizing whirl of arresting visuals and noirish action.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

A mishmash of iconography lifted from better movies.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

[A] stylish hybrid of futuristic thriller and film noir.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

Dark City, based on a story he wrote, Proyas ups the style quotient and shoots for something more significant, plugging into current debates on the nature of the mind and soul.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

Dark City trades in such weighty themes as memory, thought control, human will and the altering of reality, but is engaging mostly in the degree to which it creates and sustains a visually startling alternate universe.

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Andrea C. Basora
Newsweek

Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A visionary slice of visceral experience.

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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

City ultimately plays like one of those art-deco dystopian CD-ROM adventures of recent years.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.

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Jon Popick
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Writer/Director Alex Proyas needs to stop it with the writing and concentrate on making the pretty. He needs to find a good script and just direct it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche. Dick Tracy meets… More
Phil Hubbs
Directed by Proyas, the man behind ' The Crow' and with a title like this you get an idea of what you're in for. You could say this was the film… More
Kase Vollebregt
The gloomily arresting visuals coupled with a kinetic pace is well founded, but the unique style cannot smooth over the bumpy plot.
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche. Dick Tracy + the… More
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Jens S.
Director Alex Proyas already proved with The Crow that he knows how to film gloomy cities. His approach here is even more fantastic, combining elements of the… More