Darkman (1990)

In this sci-fi crime melodrama, a scientist is busily doing research into using a computer to clone body parts when a corrupt developer orders his demise. Unfortunately, the developer's henchmen botch the job and leave the scientist… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Raimi isn't effective with his actors, and the dialogue lacks smart menace, but his canny visual sense carries many a scene.

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Time Out

Wild, woolly and occasionally wondrous.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a fun diversion that reminds us of how enjoyably loony the movies can be

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Despite occasional silliness, Sam Raimi's Darkman has more wit, pathos and visual flamboyance than is usual in contemporary shockers.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Darkman sustains mild interest throughout, but it never takes off, partly because a real-estate scam, gangland shootouts, city corruption and a love story clutter up the sad story of Westlake's strange mutation.

Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Darkman still remains one of Sam Raimi's most ambitious projects to date and it's hard to do anything but admire the kind of lofty ambitions Raimi tosses at the screen with his self-created superhero crime thriller/dark comedy mash-up.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Raimi's flair for jazzy visual effects and extravagant action sequences, combined with direction that's full of punch and energy, makes this the best pop roller-coaster ride around.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Raimi's live-action comic book aims to deliver scares spiked with laughs. That it does.

Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

...comicbook slapstick and off-the-hook mania in a combination only previously seen in Evil Dead II.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sam Raimi is behind this and you get just that, full-on-Raimi. Much of it will not make much sense, but who cares, cause the action is over-the-top in capital… More
Chris Miele
A classic revenge story that features some awesome Liam Neeson overacting. I think Darkman is an extremely interesting character. It sure does pack some awesome… More
Phil Hubbs
This is probably one of the best comicbook characters that didn't actually start out as a comicbook character, he was in fact created by director Sam… More
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A scientist hideously disfigured during an attack on his lab utilises the synthetic skin he was working on to wreak bloody vengeance on the criminals… More
Cory Taylor
Alan Moore could probably lay claim that 'Darkman' thusly plunders the seriocomic origin story of his brainchild 'Swamp Thing' with the… More
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Before Sam Raimi relaunched the surprisingly good Spider-Man for the big screen he dabbled with another comic book hero themed film in the form of Darkman - the… More