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Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is finally here! After months of speculation, we can finally experience Nolan's final effort in the Dark Knight series, but how good is the movie, according to the critics? Fans so far have been defending it tooth and nail against any criticism whatsoever, but how do you feel about it? Check out our review round-up below for the answer to that question, and be sure to leave your opinion in the comments!
So far, the critics seem to be overwhelmingly positive about the movie, as it has a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 87% (Certified Fresh), and a Metacritic score of 80/100 (Generally favorable). Here's what some of the critics have to say:
Potent, persuasive and hypnotic, The Dark Knight Rises has us at its mercy. A disturbing experience we live through as much as a film we watch, this dazzling conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is more than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard.
This is not the sort of movie you can just leave behind in the theater. And like any true finale to a trilogy, the picture doesn't work nearly as well if you haven't seen the previous two installments: It's not designed to stand alone, and it pays off all that has come before with an exuberant, thrilling high.
Christopher Nolan's dramatically and emotionally satisfying wrap-up to the Dark Knight trilogy adroitly avoids clichés and gleefully subverts your expectations at every turn.
"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.
Believable and preposterous, effective as a closing chapter and somewhat of a letdown if only because Mr. Nolan, who continues to refine his cinematic technique, hasn't surmounted "The Dark Knight" or coaxed forth another performance as mesmerizingly vital as Heath Ledger's Joker in that film.
Thought it was just "okay"
Now comes The Dark Knight Rises, which makes "The Dark Knight" look like "Dora the Explorer" and is more of a 164-minute anxiety disorder than a movie.
Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand even half of what's going on - not generally, but specifically - you'll be doing better than most.
The Dark Knight Rises is a shallow repository of ideas, but as a work of sheer sensation, it has something to recommend.
Speaking lines they cannot possibly understand, not one actor makes any attempt to be believable. So manufactured and synthetic that they eventually lose all sense of reality, they're like reconstituted orange juice and processed cheese.
The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, takes a few vague pokes at Wall Street and the financial elite but mainly revives the ponderous psychodrama of the first movie.
Now it's time for Wikians to review The Dark Knight Rises. When you see it, post your thoughts in the comments or post your own blog! Let us know what you thought while experiencing the finale on the big screen!