'The Dark Knight' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   257 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   293 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    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...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    As much as this is Ledger's movie, that should not diminish the notable accomplishments of other key cast members.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    [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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    You come away impressed, oppressed, provoked, and beaten down, holding on to Ledger's squirrelly incandescence as a beacon in the darkness.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Scott Foundas Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    Twisted, tortured, terrifying -- and terrific.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    84
    The Dark Knight is easily the most entertaining bummer of the summer.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Watching The Dark Knight is like gazing into a mirror on a waning moon night: chilling and mesmerizing.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Christopher Nolan's second Batman adventure is the rare blockbuster that left me engaged and thoughtful instead of bored and bummed out.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    Nolan hasn't simply made a popcorn movie for brainiacs. He's an increasingly self-assured director of action sequences.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    Whatever trepidations Ledger may have had about taking on such an iconic role, he blows past them brilliantly, carrying The Dark Knight along with him.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    I previously have had my own auteurist doubts about Mr. Nolan's work, but after The Dark Knight, I may have to rethink my past reservations about Mr. Nolan's place in the 21st-century cinema.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    The Dark Knight is insurmountable fun.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity, this is seriously brainy pop entertainment that satisfies every expectation raised by its hit predecessor and then some.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Batman takes a fierce stance in favor of untruth, surveillance and (but?) the American way. Bruce Wayne says, 'Batman has no limits,' and there are two sides to that coin.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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