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The Dark Knight Rises Synopsis
Batman (Christian Bale) faces a masked villain named Bane.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The sheer scope of Nolan's vision – with emotion and spectacle thundering across the screen – is staggering. The Dark Knight Rises is the...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Nolan brings his Batman trilogy to a close with a majestic, almost completely satisfying crash. Everything feels epic about the film: the...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's spectacular, to be sure, but also remarkable for its all-encompassing gloom. No movie has ever administered more punishment, to its...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale's epic of criminality and all-consuming conviction ultimately falls a bit short -...
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By Michelle Orange
The Dark Knight aspires to the epic and reaches it on a number of impressive and less impressive levels. That it is a frequently,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If you just give yourself over to Nolan's sweeping, symphonic Cowled Crusader saga, The Dark Knight Rises is, well, a blast.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived. Yet when...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While it's the most ambitious of the three films, it's not as mesmerizing as 2008's "The Dark Knight." The plot is occasionally murky, its...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand...
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Midnight showing was worth it! And the wheels on that 'cycle....CRAZY!

By msross27
"The Dark Knight Rises": YES HE DID!!! This movie is FRICKIN' AWESOME 8) Major props for not giving away ANYTHING in the trailers (fantastic surprises), as well as keeping the audience's attention...

Simply brilliant!

By Biggie21
It is the perfect end to an amazing trilogy. Your emotions will go on a serious roller coaster. Not only is the entire movie a perfect way to end the series. But the ending to the movie was just a...


By aj8560
That has to be one of the best endings to a movie I have ever seen. It was easily worth the money spent and I can almost promise that I will see this again in theatres before it comes out on DVD. ...

An unexpected ending for another future perhaps...

By tt_232010
I was pleased with the film, yet, just like Time and other critics, I wanted more. This Batman was different, flawed and showed a behavior more common with cowards than vigilantes. Perhaps Nolan...

The Dark Knight Rises .... Then Falls

By Darkola
THE GOOD... Batman himself, again I enjoyed the parts of seeing him, Alfred as always, and the appearance of Catwoman, she was an added bonus to this movie, and the action sceenes. THE BAD ......

A solid ending.

By paintsniper01
"The Dark Knight Rises" was an excellent ending to the series that (without spoilers) I felt effectively ended this particular series while leaving room for expansion in this Batman universe. Anne...

A perfect yet bittersweet send off to this Batman trilogy.

By reyka_reykjavik
As before, Nolan has done his homework on the Batman storyline. He and crew have creatively put their own twist on it without crossing any lines; only blurring them to achieve great cinematic effect....

Is this Batman

By kevnic
Christopher Nolan's last installment of Dark Knight was disappointing as an action film and as a follow up to The Dark Knight. The Plot suffers as in order for the plan of the antagonist to work poor...

The trilogy deserved a better ending

By kscottcraig
Bat Man gets about twenty minutes of screen time out of a two hour, forty five minute movie. Day light does not work for the aesthetic of the movie and makes the characters appear cartoonish. The...

It's a must go......even Blue-Ray will not duplicate the theater viewing.

By Nacho Baggo
The film is huge and the story is too big for one movie, but it wraps up perfectly despite the challenges of a compressed & hugely faceted story and the difficulty to follow time. Days went by? A lot...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Sequences of Violence, Intense Sequences of Action, Language and Some Sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bale's final Batman is as gritty and dark as the first two.
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