Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination.
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.
Pure adrenaline. [Nolan], having dispensed with his introspective, moody origin story, now puts the Caped Crusader through a decathlon of explosions, vehicle flips, hand-to-hand combat, midair rescues and pulse-pounding suspense.
The Dark Knight is bound to haunt you long after you ve told yourself, Aah, it s only a comic-book movie.
An epic that will leave you staggering from the theater, stunned by its scope and complexity. It s also, thankfully, a vast improvement over his self-serious origin story, 2005 s Batman Begins.
Nolan wants to prove that a superhero movie needn t be disposable, effects-ridden junk food, and you have to admire his ambition.
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.
This is a rich, complex, visually thrilling piece of pop entertainment, as strong as any superhero epic we ve ever seen.
The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.
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.