4 stars out of 4 -- "THE DARK KNIGHT is a more thrilling, intelligent, morally complex and masterfully crafted film than any summer blockbuster in recent years. It's probably the best superhero movie to date."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (07/18/2008)
"Always a consummate professional, Ledger threw himself into a role he clearly relished, giving a transfixing performance..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (07/17/2008)
"Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind..."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (07/18/2008)
"[T]he movie exudes a predatory glamour that makes the comic-book films that have come before it look all the more like kid stuff." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (07/25/2008)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n anarchic, malevolent fury of a movie....Ledger's Joker is pure, powerful, immense..."
Empire - Empire Staff (09/01/2008)
"[A] sleek detective story....Bale and Eckhart centralize the movie's thematic concerns, causing the Joker's outrageousness to stand out."
Premiere - Eric Kohn (07/18/2008)
"This last development is a fine example of Nolan's flair for multivalent plot points....Nolan is aided by strong performances. Bale is focused, intense and committed to being terrifying..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (10/01/2008)
"Working from Michael Mann's visual template and seemingly indebted to the hard-nosed savagery of THE DEPARTED, Christopher Nolan's second BATMAN installment has some thrilling moments..."
Film Comment - Kent Jones (11/01/2008)
"The best of all the Batmans, Christopher Nolan's haunted film leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/05/2008)
Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "[A] Batman movie that offers enough moral relativism to give you knightmares."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/08/2008)
Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] triumph of comic-book relevance, starring Christian Bale as a superhero uneasy with his calling in a city anesthetized to matter-of-fact evil..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (12/26/2008)