A Collection of non Spoiler 5 Star Reviews of The Dark Knight Rises

Embargo lifted! As of today top critics have been permitted to publish their reviews of Chris Nolan’s final slice of Bat-pie ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘. The reaction has been one of unanimous plaudits on the scale, tone, emotional gravitas, cinematography, and practical action on a scale seldom seen since the silent era of Hollywood. Below you can read non-spoiler summaries from the likes of Variety, Rolling Stone, Time, The Guardian, IGN, Hollywood Reported, Empire, and Total Film. It would seem Nolan has managed to shake the part 3 hoodoo which has haunted so many trilogy directors and delivered something truly memorable which some early reviews are placing above both The Dark Knight (2008) and The Avengers (2012).., which is actually a monster achievement. Read and enjoy. Deadly Movies will be seeing The Dark Knight Rises on Thursday, a review will of course follow!

Variety – Justin Chang

“This hugely ambitious action-drama nonetheless retains the moral urgency and serious-minded pulp instincts that have made the Warners franchise a beacon of integrity in an increasingly comicbook-driven Hollywood universe. Global B.O. domination awaits.”

Rolling Stone – 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 King Daddy of summer movie epics.., just let The Dark Knight Rises propel you into Nolan’s carefully wrought maze. You may have to fight yourself out. But a movie this potent and provocative is well worth the battle”

Time – Richard corliss

The Avengers is kid stuff compared with this meditation on mortal loss and heroic frailty. For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter — a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement. The most eagerly anticipated movie of summer 2012 was worth waiting for”

The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy 

“Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan’s trio, even if it lacks — how could it not? — an element as unique as Heath Ledger’s immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It’s a blockbuster by any standard.”

The Guardian – Xan Brooks

“The dark knight duly rises for the bruising final stanza in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, a satisfying saga of revolution and redemption that ends the tale on a note of thunder. If viewers were wanting a corrective to the jumpsuit antics of The Avengers, or the noodling high-school angst of The Amazing Spider-Man, then rest assured that Batman delivers in spades. Here is a film of granite, monolithic intensity; a superhero romp so serious that it borders on the comical, like a children’s fancy-dress party scripted by Victor Hugo and scored by Wagner”..,  “I’m still a believer in the Batman,” murmurs Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s rookie cop at one point. Arm-twisted, senses reeling, I am forced to concede that I am too”

The Telegraph – Robbie Colin

“Nolan’s sheer formal audacity means the stakes feel skin-pricklingly high at all times: if he is prepared to go this far, I found myself often wondering, just how far is he prepared to go? Well, the answer is further than any other superhero film I can think of: after a breathless, bravura final act, a nuclear payload of catharsis brings The Dark Knight Rises, and Nolan’s trilogy, to a ferociously satisfying close.”

IGN – Jim Vejvoda

“Director Christopher Nolan and his team have delivered the grandest, most emotional and superheroic chapter in their Batman saga. The Dark Knight Rises is a fitting emotional and narrative conclusion to this particular interpretation of the enduring story of Bruce Wayne the man and Batman the legend”

Empire – Nev Pierce

“Whether you believe this betters Begins or eclipses Knight, it is certainly a satisfying conclusion to what is now — we’re calling it — the best superhero series of all time.., With spectacle in abundance and sexiness in (supporting) parts, this is superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale. Rises may lack the surprise of Begins or the anarchy of Knight, but it makes up for that in pure emotion. A fitting epitaph for the hero Gotham deserves. God help the bloke who reboots this”

Total Film – Matthew Layland

“Yet, gruff, gritty and gothic though it is, TDKR may bring a lump to your throat that isn’t popcorn-related. Its chief summer challenger Avengers Assemble may have bigger zingers, but this has one thing Whedon missed: emotional engagement; a genuine sense of jeopardy; deepening human drama. (OK, three things.).., You’ll be busy agog at Wally Pfister’s cinematography (the harsh beauty of the city under snow); the seamless interweave of genres (police thriller, disaster movie, psychodrama); how Nolan implies brutality without riling the censor; or the equally sly way he slips in possibly controversial elements from the Bat-mythos without risking outrage.., A smart, stirring spectacle that faces down impossible expectations to pull off a hugely satisfying end to business. Boy, you’re in for a show tonight”

And I’ll throw in this one from the internet’s very best Batman fan site Batman-on-Film

Batman On Film  – Bill ‘Jett’ Ramey

” [Nolan] did what many — including yours truly — thought couldn’t be done: He topped TDK. Totally. RISES is the best comic book film ever. It’s a great film regardless of genre. “The Dark Knight Trilogy” as a whole is a masterpiece. So much for that “Third Movie Curse!” For Chris Nolan and co. — whom I often call “Team Nolan” — THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is the equivalent of winning the Super Bowl and then retiring. As this is the director’s final Batman film, it’s a quite fitting analogy”

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One thought on “A Collection of non Spoiler 5 Star Reviews of The Dark Knight Rises

  1. I can’t wait to see it…three sleeps to go!

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