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The Dark Knight Synopsis
Batman squares off against a vicious criminal known as the Joker (Heath Ledger).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,"...
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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...
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A Definitive Performance by Heath Ledger

By saintandrew
As the knife-wielding psychopath, The Joker, Heath Ledger's performance goes beyond memorable to something unforgettable, a definitive performance by an actor we hardly got to know. This is not a...

Saw it at a screening

By kb24
Utterly amazing. I saw the movie at a screening. It will truly stimulate your senses and have you at the edge of your seat drooling for more. The joker's portrayal is the best ever and is so...


By wallerulz
In all the previews i've seen in the movie theaters, there have been few times where i've heard the sound of thunderous applause after the preview of the upcoming movie. The only time this has...

The Dark Knight is supreme!!!!!

By dylanasmachete
Wow,just wow.This movie has defined the comic book genre itself. It has everything. It has humor, drama, and pure joker violence. Heath ledger's final performance will not be forgotten as he makes the...


By shawnlegend16
Film is way to dark for children sorry but my kid aint seeing this a psyco clown no thanks....

Best Batman Movie Yet!

By moviefanchris88
The acting was good in The dark knight. When I heard Heath Ledger was gonna play Joker I thought it was gonna be disapointing, but after seeing him as Joker, I was amazed. Heath Ledger made Joker the...

Better then Begins!

By xbobalove
Action and storyline was superb. Heath should get nominated for an oscar for his brilliant acting ( I thought he was gonna suck being Joker, but he proved me wrong). Hans Zimmer did great with the...

The best reason to go? The Joker!

By ladywolfe
The movie is excellent and I have to say the reason the movie is great is because of the Joker. Heath Ledger's performance deserves an is a shame, he is no longer here, because he...

As Good As The First

By hamigirl1405
Loved it ! If you enjoyed the original Batman movie with Michael Keaton, you will enjoy The Dark Night. It's wonderfully entertaining...Heath Ledger as the Joker brings new meaning to the word...

Title should be "THE JOKER"

By jo_rudi
The Joker carried almost the entire movie himself. Absolutely perfect performance by Heath. The movie itself was good but believe all the hype you read about the joker....

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of violence and some menace
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Common Sense Media says Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.
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