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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Bale again brilliantly personifies all the deep traumas and misgivings of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. A bit of Hamlet is in this Batman.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining?
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By Bob Mondello
The real relationship here is between a Batman in existential crisis and a Joker who'd love to leap with him into the abyss -- tight-a--ed yin and anarchist yang in a fantasy franchise that Nolan has made as riveting for its psychological heft as for the adrenaline rushes it inspires at regular intervals.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
At two hours and 32 minutes, this is almost too much movie, but it has a malicious, careening zest all its own. It's a ride for the gut AND the brain.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan -- a world-class filmmaker, be it "Memento," "Insomnia" or "The Prestige" -- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

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

By Ty Burr
You come away impressed, oppressed, provoked, and beaten down, holding on to Ledger's squirrelly incandescence as a beacon in the darkness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An action blockbuster extravaganza that's sadder than sad and never pretends otherwise.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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