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: July 18, 2008
DVD 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

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

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Glenn Kenny

This may seem like faint praise, but about the highest compliment I can give Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight right now is to say that there were many long stretches during which I didn't even realize it was a superhero movie

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Tom Charity

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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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

Too much psychology and not enough pop. It's possible to be too serious, you know.

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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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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

I'm betraying my childhood to concede this, but Nolan has finally topped Tim Burton's two twisted spectaculars.

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

Pretty deep stuff from a popcorn picture, and it's one reason why the movie theaters right now are such a rich vein of entertainment.

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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.
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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
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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