The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower (2017)

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 4, 2017
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.

Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

[Idris] Elba alone can't make The Dark Tower worth watching. But he can make the case, yet again, that he deserves better material than this.

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Brian Lowry

The Dark Tower avoids the lowest rungs of that ladder. Taken on its terms it's hardly a disaster, delivering moments of fun on a basic level.

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Paul Whitington
Irish Independent

In an era where two-hour films are the norm, Dark Tower's 95-minute length is suspicious and suggests radical post-production cuts. Whatever went on, the results are not edifying.

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April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

Outside of its actors, the film is unremarkable. Action sequences seem as though they were hurried, that is, when you can actually see them - Did the lighting team blow a fuse?

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Inconsistent, incoherent and often cheesy.

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Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

The dialogue is dodgy, the emotional impact weak, the story squished. However, the effects are good, there are a few laughs and it will please an audience younger than it should.

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Sam Adams

It gets where it's going fast enough, but you don't feel like you've traveled anywhere at all.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

[The Dark Tower] resembles nothing so much as a mashup of The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix reimagined for the young adult crowd.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

One flaw in Nicolaj Arcel's film is that it's too short and compressed to make anything lucid of its cockamamie mythology. At the same time, it's such a leaden piece of work that you wouldn't want it to be it any longer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
I have never read any of Stephen King's popular fantasy series, The Dark Tower, so I walked into the long-awaited film adaptation with no investment. I… More
Lane Zieben
The Dark Tower movie, unlike the Mangnum Opus book series from writer Stephen King, suffers from the word 'go'. An inspired performance from Idris… More
KJ Proulx
Not having read the books that this film is based on, I went into The Dark Tower with the hopes of having a good time at the movies, with a property that felt… More
K Nife Churchkey
In a hidden fantastical world, a dark lord and his minions conspire to thrust the universe into a state of darkness and chaos in order to rule over all. A boy… More
Chrisanne Chin
Underwhelmed, and forgettable. A-listers can't propel a franchise wannabe if the story is not compelling.
Philip Price
It seems like there have been rumblings of a Dark Tower adaptation for as long as my memory will allow me to recall, but never did it actually seem as if a… More