The Dark Knight Rises Reviews

  • The Dark Knight Rises is a thundering finale to what is, undoubtedly, the greatest comic adaptation to film.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The grave and satisfying finish to Mr. Nolan's operatic bat-trilogy.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A fitting conclusion to an artful trilogy, culminating with satisfying dazzle, despite some notable flaws.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [Nolan] has made a completely satisfying movie with The Dark Knight Rises, one steeped enough in self-contained mythology to reward hard-core fans while giving less invested viewers a rousing, adroitly executed piece of popcorn entertainment.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • In case you'd forgotten - and the summer of 2012 has given us much to forget - this is what a superhero movie is supposed to look like.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The history of Batman's burden is, however, increasingly cumbersome, and it's Mr. Bane who finally makes the pertinent point: "Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die."

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short, their Batman trilogy ends with a suitably thrilling mix of guts and glory.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's spectacular, to be sure, but also remarkable for its all-encompassing gloom.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Yes, The Dark Knight Rises. And rises. And rises some more.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The director and cowriter/brother Jonathan Nolan pay heed to Wayne's wounded emotional arc. And the film is a feat of painstakingly crafted closure.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Dark Knight Rises only rarely starts to tremor under the weight of its own portent, and is not without its own sly humor. Well done.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The story is dense, overlong, and studded with references that will make sense only to those intimate with Nolan's previous excursions into Batmanhood.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The film begins slowly with a murky plot and too many new characters, but builds to a sensational climax.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • What worked beautifully in "The Dark Knight" seems overworked and almost ridiculously grim in "The Dark Knight Rises."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, takes a few vague pokes at Wall Street and the financial elite but mainly revives the ponderous psychodrama of the first movie.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Production-wise, effects-wise, Nolan's movie - much of its big action sequences shot with Imax cameras - is spectacular.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Nolan's finale gives us the inevitable with generous portions of suspense, surprise and delicious shock.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This could - should - have been a swifter movie, but it sends the Batguy out in style. And let's face it, he's earned it.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If the film is not quite the achievement "The Dark Knight" was -- and maybe that's the real question -- it's still a fitting end to a very ambitious series.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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