The Dark Knight (2008)

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  • In this, the last performance he completed before his death, Ledger had a maniacal gusto inspired enough to suggest that he might have lived to be as audacious an actor as Marlon Brando, and maybe as great.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, The Dark Knight goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Watching the first dizzying, vertiginous overhead shot of the glittering skyscrapers and minuscule streets, I literally forgot to breathe for a second or two, and found myself teetering forward on my seat...

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • As much as this is Ledger's movie, that should not diminish the notable accomplishments of other key cast members.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [Ledger's] performance is also the most interesting thing in the film, and when the Joker is absent, The Dark Knight loses most of its energy and dynamism.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • You come away impressed, oppressed, provoked, and beaten down, holding on to Ledger's squirrelly incandescence as a beacon in the darkness.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The Dark Knight [sounds] like heavy stuff -- and it is. But I should add that Nolan also delivers the kick-ass goods, from an opening bank heist a la Michael Mann to a climactic episode of vehicular mayhem a la William Friedkin.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • Twisted, tortured, terrifying -- and terrific.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This is not merely a Batman movie. It is not merely a comic-book movie. It is not merely gripping summer entertainment. It is, with Wall-E, one of the two best mainstream films to be released all year and far and away the most hypnotic chiller.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The Dark Knight is easily the most entertaining bummer of the summer.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Watching The Dark Knight is like gazing into a mirror on a waning moon night: chilling and mesmerizing.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • This movie is grim and jammed together. The narrative isn't shaped coherently to bring out contrasts and build toward a satisfying climax. The Dark Knight is constant climax; it's always in a frenzy, and it goes on forever.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Iron Man and even more so The Dark Knight move the genre into deeper waters. They realize, as some comic-book readers instinctively do, that these stories touch on deep fears, traumas, fantasies and hopes.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Nolan paints an inky portrait of a city falling apart, and in a movie rife with two-faced masquerading freaks, the Joker is merely the least conflicted of the bunch. Ledger's work is improbably droll, impossibly creepy, meticulously detailed.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Christopher Nolan's second Batman adventure is the rare blockbuster that left me engaged and thoughtful instead of bored and bummed out.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Nolan hasn't simply made a popcorn movie for brainiacs. He's an increasingly self-assured director of action sequences.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Let's face it: If you're any sort of pop-culture or movie freak, you're going to see this flick. And you should, just for Ledger.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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