Dark Knight Rises (2012; Rated Rated PG-13)

Dark Knight Rises

“ “The Dark Knight Rises” is a majestic, gorgeous, brutal and richly satisfying epic.”

-Richard Roeper


Dark Knight Rises

(2012; PG-13)

In theaters:
Friday, 20 July 2012

Action, Crime, Drama

Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman

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Roeper Rulessaid on Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:11:24 PM
Great review! Too many critics and comic book fanboy nerds did not grasp that this was an all time great movie. The acting, writing, directing, etc are out of this world. On top of that, the movie is like Shakespearian plays - it has action sequences to appeal to the masses, while also appealing to the intellectuals. I also suspect some of the criticism comes from far left Che t shirt wearing sympathizers who did not appreciate having Bolshevik style rhetoric and "courts" displayed as they happened. Or demonstrating how those famous figures used rhetoric and the political process for the useful idiots to conceal their true purposes.

Am I the only one who noticed the clear homage to Dr Zhivago in one of the scenes? The Dent Act was clearly like a combo of the patriot act and the ndaa, and that can't please either Obama or Bush partisans. So many amazing philosophical questions as well like conquering fear, and the danger of having none. The more I watch this movie, the more impressed I am with it.

In twenty years time, I believe this movie will be looked at in the same way that today we look at Apocalypse Now. It is without a doubt the best trilogy ever - what even comes close? No other movie franchise was any good after the first or second movie except for this one.

PS Roeper - I loved it when you came on Artie Lange's show!

Bruce Piercesaid on Saturday, February 02, 2013 5:02:18 PM
This movie was no fun at all. Nasty from beginning to end, and this review from the same guy that trashed The Hobbit.

Crazy Daveysaid on Sunday, September 02, 2012 11:49:01 AM
thinking about it some more... I feel bad for the director that's going to take up the Batman franchise after Nolan. So much to live up to!

Mariemsaid on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:30:12 PM
A lot of the acting in this movie was great. Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Nestor Carbonell, Anthony Michael Hall, Melinda McGraw all did good work, as they've done in the past, and there are donzes more actors that one recognizes from other things.But you're right, this was a great story, full of ambiguous choices for many characters. Reminded me a bit of The Departed in that respect. The story was what made all the characters amazing and the acting look so good. Any actor can chew scenery, but it was the plot that made Ledger's Joker a hundred times scarier than Nicholson's; I appreciated that this wasn't the Joker's story, it really was Batman's, unlike the Keaton version. The directing was very good and the special effects almost didn't get in the way of the plot.I'm going to have to go once more just to get nuances I may have missed the first time. (Plus it's on IMAX.)

Johnsaid on Sunday, August 05, 2012 7:48:00 AM
When you first joined up with Roger Ebert it was obvious that you had no idea what you were doing as a film critic. This review only confirms that fact.

Reply from Richard Roeper

Thanks 'John'! Appreciate your continued, long-time interest in my work.

All the best,


Syedsaid on Sunday, August 05, 2012 5:08:08 AM
in a spoiler free nutshell,The Dark Knight Rises ends the epic franchise on a satisfactory note,have smart,tech-savy & cool vehicles, has a tormented Batman seeking redemption in an econimically devastated city, the Hannibal Lecter-esque Bane isn't wise cracking & sarcastic as Joker but he sure has his moments, not many actors can convey emotions so accurately while wearing a huge mask, also redeemed is the Catwoman done exceptionally by Anne Hathaway who surpasses Michelle Pfeiffer's catwoman,she's smart,edgy,corny,hot & provides most of the film's much needed humor & Joseph Gordon-Lewitt has a performance which is Bruce Willis' Die Hard remniscent,& Marion Cotillard's mysterious businesswoman might surprise you real bad...TDKR is one long,uneven & loud roller coaster ride but...BOY WHAT A RIDE!!! audience literally clapped at the end & as a Batman fanatic,i was smiling at the conclusion...THUMBS UP!!!!

Melissa Parkinsaid on Friday, August 03, 2012 1:37:53 PM
Absolutely fantastic film! It is a rarity indeed to have a such an ensemble cast delivering so many rich performances, especially in the comic book-turned-film genre. Christian Bale provides the perfect progression of emotional and physical frailty to wearing his signature cape crusader suit with all that is necessary to be Gotham’s dark knight. Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard are all strong presences, but Michael Caine brings the most noteworthy, earnest, heart wrenching speeches that can render one to the point of tears. It is this great character-driven work that makes this final installment a masterpiece. In all honesty, my greatest skepticism was focused on Anne Hathaway’s ‘Selina Kyle’ a.k.a “Catwoman,” for the reasons that her natural mannerisms and way of speaking convey too much of the American sweetheart vibe, rather than the slinky, corporeally sensual characteristics required for the role. To my complete and utter delight, I am far too happy to report that I was entirely wrong. Hathaway’s raspy, Hedy Lamarr-inspired vocals are every bit as seductive as her predecessors, purring and hisses her lines as only a true vixen could. Following Heath Ledger’s renowned portrayal as the callously charismatic Joker, Tom Hardy certainly had some massive shoes to fill playing Bane. You’d think expressionism wouldn’t be on his side, but the menacing metal mask laced with valves engulfing the bottom half of his face could not impede the intensive magnetism of Hardy’s eyes. Terffic performance.
The direction, cinematography, writing, and imagery all concoct the ideal recipe for an astonishing movie, but it does still fall short of living up to “The Dark Knight.” Only by a fraction or two. One gripe with “Rises” is concerning Batman’s new flying contraption, known as the Bat-Wing. Film’s creator Christopher Nolan had kept Bruce Wayne’s gadgets and vehicles as believable as possible in order to retain the elements of realism throughout the franchise until the hydraulics mounted aircraft came roaring onto screen. Yes, it is a staple with Batman, but its plausibility stretches itself a little thin in comparison to the more practical Batmobile. Its rendition looks as if Lucas Fox had stolen a peek at Tony Stark’s blueprints for a redesigned X-Men Blackbird. Also, the absence of Chicago’s rich and original visuals are deeply missed. Not only because it made the perfect backdrop in cinematography for the previous films, but because everything about Nolan’s reinvented Gotham is rather cold. “Rises” does take place eight years after “The Dark Knight” conclusion, but that shouldn’t mean that the city should be unrecognizable. It doesn’t feel like Gotham, but more like Bruce Wayne and company moved his manor and bat cave elsewhere to another metropolis. These spats aside, I would give “The Dark Knight Rises” a solid “A.”

Quentinsaid on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:44:05 PM
Thank you for the clear-headed synopsis, insight, and review of the movie.

Billsaid on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:45:46 PM
Richard - Great review. I agree completely. What a marvelous movie!

Crazy Daveysaid on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 1:07:16 PM
Loved this film. I have to agree, it is one of the best movie trilogies of all time. Right up there with Lord Of The Rings and the Original Star Wars trilogy.

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