THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Review

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Call me old-fashioned, but I like my Batman movies to have Batman in them.  Writer-director Christopher Nolan has always had a peculiar relationship with the Dark Knight.  His approach was to set the character in a “realistic” world, or at least a world as real as one can get with a man in a rubber suit fighting crime.  Despite a seriously flawed third act, Batman Begins brought an interesting new take on the character by introducing an exploration of fear with regards to how it molded Bruce Wayne’s personality and became a weapon he used against his enemies.  However, The Dark Knight started to shift away from Batman, and instead placed the emphasis on the supporting cast, namely The Joker, Harvey Dent, and James Gordon.  The template felt bigger, the stakes were higher, and the canvas was grander, and yet Batman felt like he was competing to be a lead character in his own movie.  With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan has closed out his Batman trilogy with an intense, epic, grand conclusion filled with terrific performances, exhilarating action, thoughtful ideas, and almost no room for the caped crusader.

It’s been eight years since the events of The Dark Knight.  The legend of Harvey Dent and the passage of the Dent Act have allowed Gotham to crack down on organized crime and bring peace to the city.  The cost has been a moral weight on the shoulders of Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) and Police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman).  Batman hasn’t come out of hiding, and Wayne has become a recluse with a gimpy leg.  Wayne and Gordon seem resigned to sadly live out their days, but Batman is forced to come out of retirement when the intimidating masked terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) comes to wreak havoc in Gotham.

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That’s the baseline of the story, but there are a lot of other moving parts.  There’s the cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), who’s working to get Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints as part of Bane’s nefarious scheme; there’s the idealistic young cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who doesn’t buy the lie that Batman killed Harvey Dent; and there’s Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), a powerful businesswoman who wants to help the floundering Wayne Enterprises finish construction on a fission reactor, which could be used to bring clean energy to the city.

It’s a big game with a lot of players, and Batman doesn’t get any special treatment.  It’s ostensibly his story, but the scope of the picture makes him feel like a very small piece of the puzzle.  This smallness occasionally works to the picture’s advantage.  We get to see the Dark Knight as Bane sees not only Batman but the whole world: tiny.  Bane doesn’t hate Batman.  He just sees him as an amusing fly in the ointment who deserves a little special punishment, but not as a serious foe capable of stopping the master plan.  The powerlessness of Batman also adds to the enormity of Bane’s threat.  If Batman can’t save the day, then who can?

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And this question is where The Dark Knight Rises begins to show Nolan’s true feelings about Batman and how those feelings conflict with creating the culmination of the character’s journey.  The series has always put Batman up as a symbol for Gotham.  The hero’s journey is about Bruce Wayne coming to grips with death.  Batman is simply the end-result; he can’t grow or develop.  The problem with having Batman serve only as a symbol is that it pushes the focus on to those who perceive the symbol.  Therefore, the story isn’t about the culmination of Batman’s journey, but the culmination of how outsiders view Batman.

Specifically, The Dark Knight Rises shows how John Blake views Batman.  Because of the strange dynamic Nolan has created, Blake feels like more of a hero than Batman.  While Bruce Wayne is figuring out how to get off his crutch and learn how to be Batman again, Blake is the guy who’s actively involved in working the case.  He’s an forceful character played by a great actor, and it’s not until we’re about halfway through that it seems like the movie should be called John Blake Begins.  Nolan wants to push forward a ridiculously populist notion that anyone could be Batman.  It’s a gooey sentiment that people like Gordon and Blake can make a difference just by fighting crime.

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But they can’t be Batman.  The first two movies made sure we knew Batman wasn’t an everyman.  He’s not Peter Parker.  Bruce Wayne has, for all intents and purposes, infinite wealth.  He’s had years and years of fierce mental and physical training.  Batman Begins shows how hard Bruce Wayne had to work to become Batman.  In The Dark Knight, Batman says he has more of a right to be a vigilante than a couple of regular guys because, “I’m not wearing hockey pads!”  Now in The Dark Knight Rises, crime fighting is for everybody.  Nolan wants to take the symbol of Batman as someone trying to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, and change it into a symbol of hope.  The Dark Knight Rises wants us to love the idea of Batman—fighting crime for the good of the city—and forget the specifics of Batman.

The film goes about doing this by trying to strip Bruce Wayne down to nothing.  It’s an admirable approach, but it takes far too long to get Bruce Wayne on his journey.  The movie kicks off with a bravura set piece (and all of the action scenes are mind-blowing in IMAX), and there’s enough propulsive energy to keep the story moving, but the film goes through a remarkably clunky first act as we build up to the first showdown between Bane and Bats.  Thankfully, there’s Hathaway providing the lifeblood to the film, and she’s an absolute joy.  Her Catwoman is everything fans could want from the character: sexy, seductive, sardonic, sly, and dangerous.

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Sadly, her presence is deeply diminished as the film enters its overwhelming second act where Bane’s big plan comes to fruition, and it’s at this point where The Dark Knight Rises forgets about “The Dark Knight” part of the title so it can go all-in on the socio-political dynamic Nolan seeks to explore.   The film appears to suggest that the poor are coming to kill us all.  Bane’s army of mercenaries is able to hide in plain sight by dressing up as janitors, maintenance men, construction workers, etc. They’re invisible to society, and now they’re rigging bombs everywhere so that the middle- and upper-class will no longer be safe and secure.  This would be the cue for some serious social upheaval and seeing how Gotham society crumbles when Bane makes a play at anarchy.

Maybe we would finally see the rotted city that had been talked about in the first two movies but never seen.  Nolan has always told us what Gotham is like.  In Batman Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul says that Gotham needs to be cleansed in order to restore balance.  In The Dark Knight, the Joker, Batman, and Gordon all believe that if the citizens of Gotham learned the truth about Dent’s murders, they would lose hope and tear the city apart.  The Dark Knight Rises follows the same belief: Gotham is a hellhole that’s primed to explode, and Batman is the only bulwark against a madman who’s willing to tip the city over the edge.  Except we’re never shown this Gotham in any of the movies.  We’re shown glimpses of the Narrows in Batman Begins, and there’s a brief scene of social chaos in The Dark Knight Rises, but Gotham never feels like an awful place.  It just feels like any major city.

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And it’s a city with not much room for citizens.  Rather than show a citizen uprising and truly follow through on his notion of social anarchy, Nolan simply sets up his war with two camps: Bane’s army vs. the cops.  The cops are billed as the ordinary citizens, but they’re not.  They have authority, they have weapons, and they’re the legal protectors of Gotham.  John Blake is the common man in that he is not Batman, but that doesn’t make him an everyman.  The Dark Knight Rises hints at serious social revolution, but ultimately falls in line with painting Gotham City as an abstract rather than tangibly showing us a complicated picture.

Nolan’s talent is making us feel that the film is complex, and that we’re looking at a vast, grandiose vision of a superhero’s triumph over evil.  There is not a second in The Dark Knight Rises where I felt bored.  I was captivated, confused, scared, energized, disturbed, uplifted, annoyed, amused, and disappointed at various points throughout the picture, but I was never bored.  I can’t overstate how important IMAX was to the experience, and I worry that the picture suffers without it.  For a movie where the villain is a physically imposing monster devising a plan to bring down an entire city, the IMAX format feels essential.

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But more than any canvas, film format, villain, or social subtext, Batman is what should truly be essential.  Much like it pretends at a depicting a complicated Gotham City, The Dark Knight Rises pretends that this is the culmination of a hero’s journey.  Except how important can this journey be if it’s being pushed aside for Bane’s rousing speeches, widespread destruction, and rise of the common policeman against the common mercenary?  Nolan admirably tries to bring the element of fear back into Bruce Wayne’s journey, but there’s no weight to the element because it’s divorced from every other aspect of the story.  Fear is not a theme, but a character trait, and one that was only brought up in the first movie.  There’s not enough time to truly let the subtext grow because there’s not enough time for Batman to grow.

By wasting time on introducing too many characters and their complicated plans, The Dark Knight Rises has to rush its way through a shockingly weak finish where Nolan indulges on fan-service, half-hearted payoffs, and an attempt to find a heart that the movie never really had (there’s a lot about the ending that bugs me, but I won’t go into spoilers).  There are some teary monologues from Alfred (Michael Caine) in the first act, but there aren’t a lot of strong emotional moments.  Without Batman, without a hero, there’s no soul to the picture.  The Dark Knight Rises uses Batman as a way to get to a big villain, a big war, a big statement on class conflict, and a big damn spectacle.  Batman is a means to an end, which means he’s not a hero or a legend.  He’s just a function.

Rating: C

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  • Leonardo

    I expected this from Goldberg.

    • Thundersauresrex

      And he expected this from you.

      • g

        ^^^^
        hahaha why are you responding to every comment that insults goldberg? why are you so butt hurt? lol i bet you’re him and just have that account to make yourself feel better. lol loser

      • Thundersauresrex

        im responding in hyperbole cause people on this site CLEARLY can’t take other opinions with out discussing things. rather they just vomit on others thoughts while Fevershly masterbate to their own ways of thinking. isn’t a blog to have a discussion?

      • Thundersauresrex

        I am responding in Hyperbole cause it just seems that people on this site cannot take others opinions. instead they vomit upon the person they dislike then fevershly masterbate to their own way of thinking feeling that – that’s an appropriate way of doing things instead of discussing. give whys … Matt gives why’s….why cant we? can we all just get along?

      • g

        “seems that people on this site cannot take others opinions.”
        “evershly masterbate to their own way of thinking feeling that”
        “can we all just get along?”

        looks like you’re no different. the people on this site are just voicing their opinion on matt. no need to whine about it like a baby. haha

      • Griz

        lol “butt hurt” . . . good one, g!

      • Thefundamental

        Thundersauresrex, I’m on your side. Keep fighting the good fight. People who just vomit on others’ opinions are insecure about themselves and their own takes.

    • Nate

      Whoever this guy is who wrote this review must have never read a real Batman comic in his life. It was amazing.

      • John

        I agree, I think the guy who wrote this review is a ‘seriously flawed act’

    • Lance

      I completely disagree with Goldberg’s characterization of this movie. This film is not at war with itself or confused at all.

      In the very first movie, Batman Begins, what does Ra’s Al Ghul say to Bruce? That he can become more than just a man. He can become a legend. And by that Ra’s doesn’t just mean that Bruce can become a big-time player, he means it quite literally. Legends inspire and move people. This was Bruce’s ultimate goal, after all. To provide hope to a people who had given in to despair, to inspire them to take action.

      Watching characters like Gordon and Blake take on Bane’s forces isn’t a distraction, it’s the culmination of everything Batman set out to accomplish. Wanting this movie to focus on one costumed man taking on evil to the exclusion of everything else reveals a failure to understand what this movie series is all about.

      Because in the end, it’s not enough for one man to be Batman. Since Bruce Wayne doesn’t have spider powers, or healing factor, or Kryptonian DNA, he can’t do it all on his own. He needs others to rise up with him. And ultimately, he needs someone to take on the mantle of Batman when he can’t do it himself anymore.

      Everyone in the theater I was at was cheering and applauding at the end. This really felt like a fitting end to a trilogy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nolan got an Oscar nomination from it. Where The Avengers was a really fun summer popcorn movie, The Dark Knight Rises aims to be deeper than that, and actually tries to move you. I think it succeeds.

      • diles3

        Thank you for an analytic response as opposed to, well, the rest of the responses. I think you hit it on the head,but I think the critique’s technical questions are somewhat on the mark: the film does get bogged down a bit. This is an argument for a longer film, frankly.

      • Jen

        Lance, i totally agree with you! Your response it more insightful than this entire review.

      • Chris

        FINALLY, someone GETS IT. The review has a point in some places, but ur opinion, Lance, is DEAD on.

    • T-Man

      By far one of the most accurate and objective reviews I’ve read so far from either the critics and fans. This movie is C+ at best. Goldberg pretty much nailed it. There was too much exposition in the first act and climax, too many characters introduced, and not enough of the man in the cape. I appreciate and respect the story and approach Nolan was taking with this film, but the execution was lackluster. I enjoyed the ending and felt it was fitting for the series. This film reminded me of Godfather 3: not horrible, but not great compared to the first two films. Just a decent and acceptable way to finish a trilogy. Not wanting to spoil anything, but epic climax should have been done at night and not during broad daylight, perhaps finishing with the sun “rising.”

      • Satchmo

        Co-signed. Whatever d-bag said ‘read the comics its exactly like them’ was dropped on his head as a child. I saw it last night and I’m left with a couple of questions: Seriously Nolan? What the hell was that? Why was the Batwing a leftover prop from Terminator Salvation? Why did Bane just end like that? SPOILER – Joseph Gordon Levitt “call me Robin”, really? That was a C+ movie at very best, 2 hours and 40 minutes of overblown drama and trying to stuff WWWAAAAAYYYY too much into a feature film. Did Michael Caine have to cry in every scene he was in? Why does Batmans mouth and speech sound and look like a down syndrome child? When he was talking to people, half the time I was expecting them to pull out a rag and wipe the drool from the sides of his mouth. When i heard Anne Hathaway had been cast as Catwoman I was uber disappointed – turns out she was the best part of the entire movie! If you all could get the bat pubes out of your mouth for a second you might be able to see what I did: A perfect example of trying too hard, reaching way too far and…coming up short . The Avengers pound for pound took a dump on the drivers seat of the Batmobile. The only positive I came out of this movie with was the fact that the action was much easier to follow then both of Nolan’s previous efforts. I saw the Dark Knight three times in theatre – taking friends and family to it to show them that a comic book movie could be more then just a bunch of dudes in costumes fighting. Granted the third act of the Dark Knight fell apart as well but not nearly as bad as the train wreck which was “Rises”. Keep it up Goldberg, good review.

      • Ash Talon

        I completely agree. This movie ultimately fails. Batman’s journey (if it even is one) has no relevance to the resolution of the film’s conflict (a major problem with most action movies). Despite the attempted scope, the film feels tiny. Empty streets with a non-existent populace. And a lack of any real meaning. Honestly, this movie is about nothing.

  • junierizzle

    Seems like people have problems with characters and story structure. Story is what Nolan does best. I find it hard to believe that Nolan messed the story up, but I could be wrong.

    • The Dude

      You could be wrong or you could be just another Nolan fanboy swinging ever so swiftly from his nutsack?

      Let’s test my theory: Did you like the Avengers?

      • DrewL

        The irony

    • Tucker

      I was disappointed and i could see it on other people’s faces to, i gues our expectations took this film away from us. It was still good just different from what i had in mind.

      • Thefundamental

        Agreed.

  • Scott

    Holy crap he didn’t like a movie that most will love. Shocked beyond belief.

  • Grayden

    Once again Goldberg makes you not want to read his review and skip to the comments to deride his loathing of mostly anything entertaining; all from the first sentence.

    What a joke. Can Collider have someone else review films…like Frosty, perhaps.

    • Thundersauresrex

      Or maybe he just needs different readers. there are actually quite a bit of people that enjoy him. its just that the people that comment tend to self righteous asshats that think their crude demeanor or more important than Matt’s.

      • JayF

        No there aren’t

      • k.soze

        In all fairness, it was a well-written and articulated piece. But Jay F’s right, no one likes matt goldberg.

  • Duane

    Well you are entitled to your opinion, and may well be right. I dont know yet

    But why have I got the feeling that you’ve been waiting to shit on this movie for months?

    • Thundersauresrex

      cause your delusional

      • Duane

        Im not the one taking time out of my life to respond to every single person here who has criticised the guy. Are you his butler or something?

        Pathetic stuff

      • Nate

        @Duane
        I laughed out loud at the butler comment. Good stuff.

      • Thundersauresrex

        Why yes i am his butler. how’d you know? my point was just to show you guys that alot of Commenters here are irrational to alot of things not just Goldburg. who yes is a cynic. BUT a review to be placed on a site with an active comments section is for SOUNDING OFF not shitting on the article. and looking at his review i agree with ALOT of it having seen the film last night. AND at the same time Goldburg didnt ACTUALLY shit all over the movie…he gave it some good praise. it just wasnt the send off he was looking for.
        I personally think alot of the things were underused and the BAT was bit cartoonie at moments though was a good idea. Batman and many things (INCLUDING THE BAT and all those emotional trials that Alfred went through that means nothing by the end of the film with how they chose to end it.) fell by the way side to me and seemed more as MEANS TO AN END.

      • Griz

        nicely done, Duane!

  • Mars

    “…but there aren’t a lot of strong emotional moments.”

    That’s a deal breaker for me. And I’ll believe it when I see it in regards to Anne Hathaway being good for once in a film.

    Informative review for once, explaining Nolan’s socio-political statements. No secret that he’s probably a furious conservative. He also picked the least competent director to helm Man of Steel…Zack Snyder who also happens to be a huge right winger, which means we’ll probably have to sit through their ham-handed attempts at throwing their conservative ideals all over us.

    • JW

      You’re totally right! It’s like, when will we get some strong liberal opinions in a movie?

    • diles3

      Another reviewer suggested that Nolan is not necessarily furiously conservative (in whatever way you mean that), but rather takes the position of Dickens, who saw the rich as having something of a responsibility for the lower classes. However, the use of extreme violence (Reign of Terror) once this responsibility is forfeited is not justified or productive.

  • Tyler

    I know that he is a reviewer and this is his opinion about the movie, but come on. Every damn review I read from this guy is one big article of complaining. Take the movie for what it is, and stop making mountains out of mole hills. Now, im not all too familiar with the “Goldberg Review Scale”, so for anyone who is, what is the actual score after the conversion?

    • Tyler

      B+/A-

    • Backup

      You do realize it’s his job to be critical of movies, right?

  • The13thDoctor

    okay I read this guys reviews and I gotta ask.

    DOES GUY LIKE ANYTHING!!!??? Five reviews of his I’ve read in a row and they always read like he expects every movie to be casablanca, citizen kane, and apocalypse now all rolled into one! And when they fall short of his psychotic expectations he digs into it like Invader Zim hunting for germs

    Now I haven’t seen the film yet so for all I know I might agree with him in this case but seeing as every review of his I’ve seen prior to this one I’ve disagreed with I’d say the likelihood of our seeing eye to eye is slim to none.

    I know it’s different strokes for different folks but maybe there might not be a problem with the movies but perhaps in the way you view them.

    In any case for me I hope to god I disagree with you on this one.

    • keits

      Matt needs to quit his dayjob, which involves heavy rimming. Then he also needs to quit his night job, which is reviewing movies, with sporadic heavy rimming.

  • Richard

    “Almost no room for the caped crusader” was one of my chief complaints too. While Matt is perhaps a little harsher than I have been in my own review, this is a film at war with itself at times. It has a very long middle act that has no need for Batman at all, as Matt rightly points out, and it seems Nolan was trying to get two or three other films out of his system by using Batman as a vehicle

  • Sugreev2001

    Why doesn’t Collider just get rid of this loser ? I’ve yet to come across any regular to this site even like his work at all,isn’t that all you need to remove him.

    • Thundersauresrex

      I actually enjoy reading his reviews. he opens up a lot of good remarks and discussion points about movies. Just cause youre a fan boy doesnt mean you should hate him. i mean if he gets fired cause you don’t like him i think we should burn you and your family cause i don’t like how you slander another human being……..sounds fare right?

      • JayF

        Dear Cuntasaurusrex, we know you’re Matt Goldberg. Stop trying.

      • Prfsr_X

        I don\’t usually take the time to comment, but I\’m a daily reader of Collider and I for one enjoy hearing Matt\’s usually dissenting opinion. I would consent that he tends to be a bit negetive, but also makes some good points that are well articulated, unlike most of the folks in the comments section who can\’t even take the time to check their spelling before blasting out some remedial schoolhouse insult. If you don\’t like Matt\’s take, read your reviews somewhere else. I\’d much rather hear a healthy debate about the latest films here than a bitchfest about Goldberg. I realze that may be too much to ask from this crowd, but please feel free to prove me wrong. Bottom line: If you\’re just gonna complain about the reviewer, do it somewhere else please. I think many of us are here because we like to read and talk about movies not sling shit at each other, and that the mudslinging is just a lot of irritating noise drowning out any real discussion of the films and the craft involved in making them.

      • killerkool90

        are u matt goldberg or his lover?? just saying..

  • Stefano

    Frosty, a second opinion is muchly needed. Matt, I’ve been reading this blog for a while now, and I appreciate your trying to be objective. But I also get the feeling that you enjoy writing bad review and use this attitude to build up a reputation as a “tough one”.

    • Thundersauresrex

      Or maybe he just likes to be objective…..or maybe you just like slandering a person’s judgement without knowing them kinda like all these people who disagree with his opinion but have yet to see the movie come to a conclusion to shit all over matt………makes a whole lot of sense! stay classy asshats!

      • Chris

        U defend this guy WAYYYYY too much, Thundersauresrex. Aren’t people allowed to have opinions? Sheesh!

  • Max

    “I’m Matt Goldberg. I hate everything and work backwards from that”

    • Thundersauresrex

      I bet your one of those guys who lives in his parents basements and makes all those ANNOYING quotes MEMES about wide eyed cats or cats doing SILLY THINGS after you masterbate cause you can’t find anything else to do with your based upon your comment here…..

      • keits

        I’ve never met anyone whose parents have more than one basement. Er, wait.. your moms does. She’s got that secret double dungeon cellar where I dose her with a bit of the strawberry cheesecake. A jab to the face gives her that bloody nose look – then BOOM – money shot to the grill. Bitch be looking like a white stripes outfit up on her mug. Blood and semen just all over her fo’head. Sometimes I throw a little feces up on there and call it the thudersaurusrex.

      • Thundersauresrex

        You must be black……….

      • Griz

        @keits . . . .you’re amazing, dude!

      • Max

        Wow! Thunder slow it down man. You’ve already proven your gross stupidity in your bad grammar, poor spelling and general lack of writing skills. Need I say more?
        BTW, do you like to look directly into Matt’s eyes as you blow him?

    • Duane

      Hmmmm, a bit of racism as well? This guy seems to be what the French call a “cunt”

      • ron

        In America, a douche

  • welles

    Vile review from a Marvel fanboi filled with self-loathing. He’s one of those individuals who considers himself just too fucking cool for school.

  • Dana

    What a negative Nancy!!! How is it possible to criticize Chris Nolan and especially The Dark Knight. It feels like Goldberg didn’t like it just because of its huge anticipation. “Some people just want to see big movies burn.” See what I did there haha

  • Adrian

    This guy has wanted attention for months, he has done shitty reviews for good films, so if he says it’s bad, it means it’s good, I hope “collider does not eliminate my comment”

    One more thing, Slash film and this site should be banned from studios when they got an invitation for set visits to their blockbusters”

    See you never again

  • Other Matt

    Matt,

    If you think it’s appropriate, could you please put a spoiler warning about Selena Kyle working to get fingerprints for Bane? I had no idea she was working for/with him until I read it in your review. I’m not sure if it will be a twist in the film or not, but if it is, feel free to remove my comment as well. Otherwise, thanks for being candid about the film.

  • welles

    “…but there aren’t a lot of strong emotional moments.”

    And name one (1) of those in the insipid The Avengers?

    Oh right, there isn’t a single one.

    • Hunter

      whatt??? i almost cried when agent coulsen died

      …not

    • RAR

      What does that have to do with this movie?

    • R.J. Glenn

      Will everyone PLEASE stop comparing The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises? They are two completely different franchises with two different fan bases and different ways of filming. One has humor, one is serious. There’s nothing to compare. They’re both great franchises in different ways.

  • Twojawas

    It’s difficult to stop garbage reviews like this being posted when the troll is actually an administrator for the website. You were never bored but you give the film a ‘C’? Holy Two-Face, Batman!

    • RAR

      I was never bored during The Dark Knight but I didn’t come out with a very high opinion of it. To be honest, I thought it was mostly terrible, apart from Heath Ledger’s performance and Gary Oldman (and pretty much just because he’s Gary Oldman). Although, in this case, my lowered expectations my help me enjoy this one more.

  • Twojawas

    P.S. There is huge emotion in this film. I was brought to tears twice and I can’t remember that happening to me in a cinema in years.

  • nolanite

    Seriously….seriously….who is this guy?
    Goldberg, I’ve read some of your reviews and you’re very hateful.
    We get it, you don’t like this film…blah blah blah.

    I didn’t even read this whole piece of nonsense you wasted your time on…and skipped to the comments.

    I’ll see the film for myself and ill judge it.
    But im pretty sure it’s not a C rated film as you stated it was.

    • RAR

      It’s called a review, you moron.

  • george

    Why is he the only one that reviews these big movies? let someone else do it for a change.. someone with a better track record

  • rohan

    Matt;

    Your punishment must be more severe.

    Now, hold on!!! don’t get me wrong. I am not threatening him. I just wanted to say that.

    A ‘C’. Okay. Alright.

  • Connor

    Why do we hate on reviewers for controversial reviews of movies we love? Shouldn’t we at least respect the opinion, instead of bombarding him with useless crap about how we hate him and how we don’t like his opinion? Sure, he’s tough on movies, but isn’t that a good thing? I haven’t seen the movie, much like everybody who comments on this today, but I’m sure I’ll love it. Christopher Nolan is brilliant, and I trust him to make a great movie. But come on people, stop complaining and saying this guy sucks, and take his review as one opinion of a movie that most of us will thoroughly enjoy. See the movie for yourself and then decide whether you like it or not, because chances are you all have a very different taste for movies

    • RAR

      Thank you! An intelligent commenter for once!

      Negative reviews often tell you more about the movie than positive ones anyway. Plus, he’s just being honest; he didn’t think the movie was great, and he explained why. Read his explanations and decide if his problems with the movie would probably bother you or not. Use your brains people…

    • Sean

      The problem is that Matt Goldberg doesn’t like the type of movies that this website covers. The readers come to this website because we enjoy the types of movies it covers. Based on his reviews, the PODCast, and his most anticipated films lists, clearly his tastes do not match his readers. For 2 months straight this website has had daily updates on the Dark Knight Rises. Why? Because they know it’s the film that readers are most interested in. Matt didn’t even put it in his top 5 most anticipated films.

      None of this is to say his opinions are invalid or that he’s a bad film critic. It’s to say that he’s writing for the wrong blog.

  • Movie Master

    I didnt read his review, but all his writings sux and I concluded this one will be at his most, so Matt, go to your house to watch Notebook, and all those stories you seemed familiar with hahahahahah

  • Dannyboy3030

    Dear Matt Assholeberg,
    You lost me at “Call me old-fashioned”.
    Regards,
    Me

    • comicbooklosersall

      Probably because (like most comic book fans) reading is difficult,.. if he had had pictures in his review, you’d have thought differently? Get a life people.

  • Connor

    People have different tastes in movies. Get over it and see the movie for yourself

  • Jahanzeb

    It seems I need to stop visiting Collider unless they get someone else for reviews. 87 on RT (175 reviews) and 80 on MC (38 reviews) definitely doesn’t translate to a C. This means this guy hated it more than anyone else.

    • RAR

      Uh, that’s not what that means. Rotten Tomatoes measures what percentage of reviewers gave the movie a positive review. A ‘C’ isn’t super-negative, it just means he was one of the 13 percent who didn’t enjoy the movie. It would theoretically be possible for all those other 87 percent of reviews to be ‘B-’s, if RT considers that a positive review. That’s not much higher than a ‘C’…

  • Eric Nixon

    So let me get this straight: Matt Goldberg – and by extension, Collider.com – think that John Carter and MAGIC MIKE are at least a full letter grade better than The Dark Knight Rises. Am I correct in this assumption?

  • Jake

    Seriously, 99 percent of people here hate you. Somebody please fire this goon for f_ck sake.

  • Chris

    I actually took his review as being kind of positive compared to how negative he usually is. It sounds like his major disappointment was the misuse of Batman and not whether or not it is a finely structured movie that will entertain the crap out of you. I think the misuse of Batman part is a very opinionated thing.

  • Mark

    Well written, but I disagree almost entirely. No Batman? Dude you get that Bruce Wayne IS Batman right? Ok so we don’t see him suited up as much as we maybe should have but that’s because of the nature of the story, which borrows heavily from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Point is Bale..as Bruce/Batman..has more screen time in this than he does in the last movie, and the story is much more geared towards him too. You also really don’t seem to get the ultimate message, and I have read a lot of other reviews that fail to also. But hey, maybe I just took something from it that you didn’t..or couldn’t.

    • kels

      what do you think the overall message is in your opinion? if you think it will spoil the movie you dont have to say. I will probably see it on sat..

      • Mike

        The ultimate message, I think, is that this Bruce Wayne set out to create a symbol. He talked about it in the first two movies extensively. He wanted to create a symbol that would inspire the people of Gotham to save their city so that Batman wouldn’t always have to. And that’s finally what happened in TDKR. But in order for the people to save their city, for plot purposes, Batman had to be gone. It all makes perfect sense as a trilogy.

    • Twojawas

      I’m with you. This is the first onscreen Bruce Wayne that I am happy to see as much or more than Batman. It’s Bruce’s story and it was awesome.

  • BobMann

    Meh
    There was more of a shock factor with Dave.
    This is more expected.

  • Jon L

    Guys, guys….. You forgot to apply the Goldberg formula. (Goldberg rating + two Grade levels = actual rating)
    So C + 2 = A. It is all good now.

    • Tmo

      The Goldberg formula is +1 not +2 letter grades. Therefore the movie gets a B.

  • Ric

    wait DREDD got a B- and TDKR a C??? -> damn I have to see Dredd ^^

    • Jon

      Yea, and he gave Magic Mike a B calling it “ridiculously entertaining.” Yep, Magic Mike was apparently more entertaining than The Dark Knight Rises.

  • Rich

    I’ll take in consideration the review. I liked Batman Begins more than The Dark Knight. It seems like (from the review) The Dark Knight Rises goes further by having too many characters. Of course people usually like movies right after seeing it, like Star Trek. Loved it when I first saw it. As time went on, the time travel made no sense. Now I kinda hate Star Trek.
    I’ll decide for myself. I’m not going to automatically like it because its Batman or a Nolan movie. But it doesn’t mean I’ll be overly critical. I’ll be objective and fair.

    • RAR

      Exactly. Many people seem to automatically assume a negative review must be illegitimate just because they’ve liked all the previous movies they’ve seen by Nolan.

      Personally, I loved ‘Inception’ and ‘Memento,’ really liked ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Prestige,’ and hated ‘The Dark Knight.’ I haven’t seen ‘Insomnia’ or ‘Following,’ but I’m guessing most of these self-acclaimed ‘Nolan-ites’ haven’t either, just because they aren’t as popular.

      On a side note, I also felt the same way about ‘Star Trek.’

      • killerkool90

        you suck

  • Rastapopoulos

    164 minutes, it’s insane for a super-heros movie. We’re not talking about The Godfather or There will be blood…

  • Satchmo

    Great review, I usually find Matt to be a tad negative but he made some really good points. The amount of hype this movie has bestowed on it is ludicrous, its BATMAN for god sakes. People threatening reviewers for their opinions is madness. I look forward to seeing this but am prepared for disappointment. I should say though that I always find myself disappointed by the final act of the first two that Nolan made. Overall id say my list would go:
    1: Batman Returns (i was still a kid when i saw it and it blew my little mind so thats probably why its #1 for me)
    2: Dark Knight
    3: Batman
    4:Batman Begins

    Honorable mention goes to: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Mark Hamills Joker is by far the best, Heath Ledger did the role justice too don’t get me wrong)

    The rest of them I can do without, just pretend they never happened.

    Anyways, thanks for the review Matt.

  • Flyersfan20

    “With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan has closed out his Batman trilogy with an intense, epic, grand conclusion filled with terrific performances, exhilarating action, thoughtful ideas”. I don’t know how he can make that statement and then give it a C. Isn’t that like saying “It’s the greatest movie ever made! Grade: D”. Maybe, in his opinion, it’s because batman wasn’t in it enough? Who knows.

  • KickYouInTheNickels

    not surprised at all, all the DC fans and Nolanites have put this crap movie on such a high pedestel (spelling) that it has always been doomed to fail, which it has.

    Nolan should of changed batmans stupid looking costume first of all the puzzle pieces on batmans pants look ridiculous

    Nolan should of never made Bale/Batman talk like he eats gravel for breakfast every morning.

    Nolan should of never had ANYONE else make batmans weapons, the whole point in the comics was that bruce wayne made his weapons.

    I just hope MAN OF STEEL doesnt go this same route otherwise Marvel is going to keep on whipping DCs ass like a red headed step child.

    • GET OVER IT!

      wow and in the other corner we have the Nolan haters, jumping into to get there rage out. Tell you something, this film will not fail, in any way ;) This film series is bigger than the Nolan haters will admit.

  • John

    I hate Nolan fanboys. It’s just a movie, it’s just a review. Get over yourselves. You haven’t even seen the movie yet. The important thing is that you like it, not that others follow suit.

    • juanotaco

      Goldberg stop using other alias! We dislike you no matter what nickname you give yourself!

    • Luke

      I wish more people could understand this.

    • Twojawas

      The movie has been out in Australia for nearly 48 hours. Lots of us have seen it. Some of use will being seeing it again in a few hours. :) The movie is great and I am no Nolan fanboy – Inception sucked. I loved this film. Most of you will as well.

    • Nicolas

      Can’t just people accept that someone does not like a movie they like or they think will like ? I am shocked byf most of the comments. It’s not anymore Nolan fanboys, it’s almost Nolan fanbots.

  • Geoffrey

    Interesting. Haven’t seen the movie yet but when Matt talks about the film not being about Batman but rather the supporting characters, it definitely reminds of how I felt about the dark knight with the joker. I agree with Matt. It does seem that Batman serves more as a function. The only difference is that I don’t see this as a pitfall of the trilogy, but rather its greatest attribute. Even though I felt that The Dark Knight wasn’t really about Batman, I think it made the film that much more stronger. I think Nolan has been very conscious of this and is what makes his superhero trilogy far more superior than any other franchise.

  • Hunter

    I knew it. I freaking knew they were going to let this damn bonehead write the review. I do not give a
    shit about your opinion, Matt. I would like to read reviews from people who actually enjoy movies from time to time.

  • juanotaco

    I just came here for the comments, Matt Goldberg Haters are the best! You guys make my day :D Lets get this goon fired :D

    • Mr. Me

      You know Frosty hired Matt for his snark, right?

  • Jim

    Whilst I don’t always agree with Matt’s reviews, I think that this time he (shockingly) has it right. Having seen the film last night (I live in Australia), Matt’s argument makes a lot of sense.

    Before crucifying Matt go and see the film first. If you still don’t agree, then crucify away.

  • Jim

    Whilst I don\’t always agree with Matt’s reviews, I think that this time he (shockingly) has it right. Having seen the film last night (I live in Australia), Matt’s argument makes a lot of sense.

    Before crucifying Matt go and see the film first. If you still don\’t agree, then crucify away.

  • MisterEd

    Well, whadda you know… the readership at Collider is no different from the BATsh**-crazy readership at Rottentomatoes. All demanding Golberg’s head on a stick. Just because he actually SAW the movie most readers here have yet to see. And has formed an opinion on it that is not praising it. How dare he gives the new Batman movie a C.

    I mean, look at how many fanboys crawled out of their basements carrying pitchforks and torches. Here at Collider. At AICN and at Rottemtomatoes and elsewhere on the web.Going after those that said anything that they perceive as a negative against the film. Ridiculous.

    Grow up people. You all sound like JUSTIN BIEBER fans who get angry because someone out there doesn’t think said singer is GAWD.

    Sheesh…. Anyway, I’ll go see the movie and form my own opinion of it.

    • Hunter

      i don’t have a basement

  • Henny

    Not to be a fanboy but Matt gave Transformers 3 a B. To me, his opinion means nothing to me.

    • GET OVER IT!

      that is the most logical thing iv read on here. that really puts he’s reviews in to perspective. Transformers 3….oh dear, no excuses for liking that film, bad taste!

      • Henny

        Sarcasm?

    • Joseph

      Well Transformers 3 was an emotional rollercoster that cataloged the various, deep-seeded problems within society while simulatinously managing an incredibly complex character arch for each of the beautifully written characters within the film; I mean each of them had such rich backstory that really spoke to the core of every human being on the planet.

      Look some people like shiny objects and others like something a litte more complex. I wouldn’t read too much into this fellows ‘C’ rating, or anyone’s rating for that matter.

  • juanotaco

    Matt Goldberg<Richard Roeper

  • Hardison

    I saw it last night and couldn’t disagree more with Goldberg. A lot of his concerns are legitimate, yes, but they aren’t big enough to take away from the overall quality of the movie. You have to treat this like a normal movie, not as the massively hyped successor to The Dark Knight. Definitely an A in my book.

  • Thundersauresrex

    Or maybe he just needs different readers. there are actually quite a bit of people that enjoy him. its just that the people that comment tend to self righteous asshats that think their crude demeanor or more important than Matt\’s.

    • Joshua W.

      you mean u… and that’s it.

      • Grey

        There are more of us…

  • Stinky McGee

    lol people making attacks on Goldberg are really showing strong positions. Just don’t speak to his review!
    I thought that was pretty good. It was cogent and had a ring of truth. Batman is even further from the everyman in the comics but Nolan’s exalted realism has made him human for these films, instead of every type of genius rolled into one. Yet, where does this idea that anyone can, or should become Batman come from? It’s not realistic. Who lets contradictions like that make a difference? Not the rabid fanbase that’s been disgraced by hostile remarks to those with differing opinions before the film’s out, and the negative reviews have been increasing…
    Maybe the poor are responsible for these troll attacks.
    Let;s just forget about this movie and get to a Plastic Man movie with a strong subtext about …oh, let’s say… racism.

    • JayF

      Go read Batman Incorporated and then say that comment again.

  • TubNkeeg

    I am going to see the movie tonight and I am going to be critical about it, and I feel that this review is right on. All of Nolan’s movies are good, with the exception of Memento and The Dark Knight being great. He’s is great at setting up a story but his plot twist and conclusion can leave a movie flat. Not only that, he is not a very good action director, which is essential to any good comic movies. One of the reasons the Avenger is great is because all the heroes can kick some serious asses and they look good doing it. If you watched both of Nolan’s Batman movies, Batman is terrible at kicking ass. In fact, he uses so much handheld for hand to hand combat that you barely see Batman kicking ass. You see Batman’s hand or foot hitting the bad guys but that’s about it. That part, I’m sure I will be disappointed. Hopefully other aspects of the movies hold up.

  • jonski22

    C rating???? really? I have to admit it’s not better than TDK, but common it’s Joss Whedon film or JJ Abrams films. Nolan is known for story telling, for some mind-blowing ending..he does that in this film. If i could rate it would be B/B+.
    1. Batman (Tim Burton)
    2. TDK
    3. Batman Returns
    4. TDKR
    5. Batman Begins

  • Thundersauresrex

    Coming from the retard that just used the term \"Too Fucking Cool for school.\" TAKE THAT MATT! i\’m sure he\’s crying for you saying that.

  • Sloane

    could the twist of this comment section be that Matt is in fact thundersauresres?

    dun dun dunnnn…. the plot thickens.

    Don’t worry the movie is great

  • Will J

    If he didn’t like the series to begin with, why the hell would they choose him to review it?? Shit Matt, take the stick out of your ass and enjoy a movie every once and a while.

  • sense 11

    no one is surprised by this review

  • Bill Graham

    You know, maybe y’all should form opinions about the merits of a review after seeing the FUCKING FILM. You know, so you can have an informed opinion instead of “Matt sucks. This review blows. Wrong!”

  • Strong Enough

    lot of butthurt Matt haters in here lol

  • Mavro

    I agree, Matt’s reviews are consistent downers but you posters make him look like a saint. Nothing like asking for a man’s job to help class up the joint.

  • Diashi

    Goldberg, keep writing your reviews. In another case of over-hyped entertainment, a review with honest and critical observation is so needed.

  • Mattwho?

    He gave John Carter an “A” and this a C. Don’t think there’s much more to say. Except maybe a butt hurt reply from “one” of his fans.

  • Hrothgar

    Look, I don’t care about bashing Matt, but I also must say I have a hard time taking a review seriously when you said “Magic Mike” was pretty good. And I saw Magic Mike, so I know what I’m talking about when I say it was a piece of garbage.
    I will have to wait to see it myself. My only complaint about TDK was that it was TOO long (the entire scenes with the prison convicts vs regular people of Gotham on a boat were a waste of time. Boring.) This movie is longer still. It may be that it lacks somewhere. But I can’t imagine giving this a lower score than Magic Mike. I think the worst version of this film couldn’t be less than a B-. Guess I will have to see for myself.
    On the other hand, who is this Thundersauresrex who is voicing his fiery love of Mr. Goldberg? It’s actually somewhere between annoying and amusing. You sure are taking it upon youself to defend him against EVERY SINGLE NEGATIVE COMMENT. And YOU’RE trying to tell people they have too much time on their hands? Not nearly as much time as you.

  • R.J. Glenn

    Will everyone PLEASE stop comparing The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises? They are two completely different franchises with two different fan bases and different ways of filming. One has humor, one is serious. There\’s nothing to compare. They\’re both great franchises in different ways.

  • spongefist

    Saw it last night.

    He’s right it’s a C rating through and through.

    Ridiculous plot holes, boring as batshit in places, Bane sounds like Darth Vader and very little of the suited batman. The rocky training montage was the single stupidest thing I have ever seen on film as was what followed (I won’t spoil that but it was fucking ridiculous in every way, I’ll wait a few days that then point out the total reality warping stupidity that was on display)

    The last 3 minutes where the best (after the big ending).

    There is about 30 good minutes in total with 2.15 hours of the kind of tedious relentless drama you would expect from a teenage girl on the rag.

    The idea of sitting through it again would feel incredibly tedious and painful to say the least, like putting needles into your eyes in slow motion.

    The Avengers is light years ahead of this, I saw that 3 times and can’t wait to get the Blue Ray and see it again.

    I feel Nolan was a one hit wonder with TDK.

    Begins was good, mainly for originality over direction.

    TDK was amazing in every way.

    Inception was a shit bore fest of pseudo- intellectual wank, and now TDKR, which feels like more of the same.

    In Nolan I certainly do not trust.

    • DES

      I am with you sir, every single word you have said.

    • Sloane

      perhaps you should try ritalin…

  • MicoY

    Before saying something against a review you must watch the movie… Have you? MG isn’t the only one who wrote a C review. Badass Digest did the same, the Roger Ebert”s one wasn’t enthusiastic, and other film critics didn’t like it too. To be a movies fan is something different than to be a sports fan…

  • imbatman

    I found BB too melodramatic. TDK should have been renamed TJ = The Joker. i have no interest in TDKR.

    Just because we are all communicating through an internet forum does not mean you cannot be civil and respectful. It is like the Democrats versus the Tea Party Republicans. No middle ground and no open minds.

    Just another reason not to see this “movie”. Is a movie about entertaining? It seems the anarchy of Batman is a foil for internet fanboys.

    Someone let me know where I can find a mature and intelligent movie forum.

    I’ve moved from Ain’t It Cool News to CHUD to Collider and cannot seem to find what I am looking for. Actually, I think I found it in Bad Ass Digest.

    imbatman

  • YOUareGREATgoldberg

    Nolan nut huggers have trolled every critic in the US, you are just one of them.
    The review is wonderfully expressed and articulated. I am glad you did not bow down to the fanboys and said it like it is.
    I always look forward to your reviews. Great job.

  • Jay

    This was a great review. Well done!

  • Phantompope

    Fucking epic movie. I loved everything about it goldberg didn’t. There’s my opinion.

    • GET OVER IT!

      now that is a better review, think we will see that quoted on the trailer at some point :)

    • Mulvi

      A tip of the cap to you good sir for giving your opinion without resorting to personal attacks towards the critic you disagree with. If only more fans were like you. Well done, sir!

  • jimmy_chang

    Tottally agree with you, the film suffers with too many convuluted plot points and new characters with forced agendas. The amount of exposition of new players strangles the story and does have an effect on Batmans presence , it does feel like John Blake becomed the protagonist halfway through. The multi faceted story line tries to deliver the same complexity as its predecessor but overall just feels congested and confusing, and the final act really diminishes Banes overall purpose and meaning to the story. I walked out of TDK totally blown away (mostly because of Heath) , I walked out of this like “yeah, that was cool”.
    B-

  • Bely Button

    All I see are long-winded paragraphs used in a self-indulgent review to express sentiments that probably would have fared far better with short, to-the-point sentences. I get the impression that the author was patting himself on the back while typing this up. Definitely a reviewer who is trying too hard to impress when all people really want to read is an honest and straightforward opinion. Next time go with less is more.

  • SmartFilm

    So according to you, its no better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dredd is a better movie?
    Yes, TDKR has its flaws but come on, its a far superior film than that crap on all grounds and saying otherwise is not a fair critique of TDKR as a unique film but in instead as compared to the greatness of BB and TDK. Unless you truly believe that its right on par with AL:VH

  • SmartFilm

    I mean not to add to the contractors but I understand the complaints because according to Goldberg, TDKR is no better than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dredd is a better movie?
    Yes, TDKR has its flaws but come on, its a far superior film than that crap on all grounds and saying otherwise is not a fair critique of TDKR as a unique film but in instead as compared to the greatness of BB and TDK. Unless you truly believe that its right on par with AL:VH…

    • GET OVER IT!

      exactly, im sure DKR has flaws, but to deny the effort, passion that has gone into this film and go and right it off next to complete trash films out this year just come across as petty, complete joke of a review.

  • Ryder

    No matter your opinion the fact is that Collider is one of the worst places for reviews.

  • Ethan

    This review is laughable.

  • Alan

    Surprise, sur-frickin-prise: in other news, the sky is blue, Rush Limbaugh is nuts and . The guy has been bitching about this film for well over a year:

    * the voice (“Presumably, Christopher Nolan would hear the outcry, rework the ADR for Bane’s voice, and everyone would be happy. Unfortunately, THR is reporting that Nolan is pretty okay with the current sound mix … “This man is brilliant. I must keep up with his muffled, incomprehensible speech otherwise he’ll think I’m stupid.”).
    * the football field scene (“But there’s one shot that had me cracking up and it’s the destruction of the football field. I watch that and all I can think is, “Bane just seriously fucked over my fantasy football team.”).
    * shooting on Wall Street (“So it’s possible that people who are protesting their unemployment and lack of income could serve as unpaid extras”)
    * Nolan’s approach in general, including ‘Man of Steel’ (“Furthermore, I dread the possibility that Nolan had dragged his anti-comic book sensibilities into another superhero property.”)

    Matt can hate the film, that’s fine, but let’s not mince words: he did so BEFPORE he saw the film, not after. A proper critic gives a film a chance, but Goldberg is a self-entitled fanboy who feels that he is above all that: for instance, he can hate a film because its director didn’t listen to his notes on sound and thinks that HIS idea of a comicbookmovie (in actuality, it’s just a Sam Raimi film) is the only true one. Matt doesn’t seem to understand that the only thing he has as a writer is his credibility, and when he spends a lot of his coverage hating on a film he hasn’t seen, then his integrity deserves to be questioned. Oh, and Matt: quoting “gritty”, “edgy” and “realistic” (he doesn’t do it in this review, but he does so in plenty of other articles) isn’t clever or funny, but it just shows that you only understand comedy in terms of sarcasm. Then again, this is the same guy who didn’t know who or what Karla was in TTSS, so insight wouldn’t exactly be one of Matt’s strongest suits.

  • GET OVER IT!

    erm, ok rubbish review, entitled to he’s opinion of course (even tho its wrong ;) this review just came across as angry, nerd rage, hating on a series he clearly doesn’t like, fair play if your a complete cretin i suppose. Iv read a lot of reviews for this, whilst all have brought up flaws, no film is perfect right, but all couldn’t deny the quality of the overall film, not perfect but great…..Now this tosser just sounds like he’s going on a hate crusade because he didn’t get another Joel Shumacher Batan film…..fine, can we have another review from a different critic please for a second opinion, thank you!

  • Grayden

    Having seen the film I’ve come back and read the review, and I find something completely bizarre about it. Goldberg largely praises the film and presents some due criticisms, and then gives it a C. He has written reviews for films that he has criticized far more, with far greater flaws, and given them higher scores. I am beginning to think Goldberg is the new Armand White.

    Goldberg doesn’t write objective reviews, he writes subjective reviews. Instead of talking about the film, he talks about how the film made him feel, or how he reacted to it. Sorry, Goldberg, I don’t care what you felt, I care about what the film says and does. Does it work or doesn’t it? Explain to me the themes and how they tied in to the first two films. Review the movie, not your personal opinion. This is why Goldberg is a terrible film critic.

    • DES

      Movies, sir, are emotions machines, not image-delivery mechanisms. Its job is to create emotions in the audience, across board.

      Films are not statement makers, devoid of any consideration for emotion. Horror, romantics, dramas, are all there to arouse emotions we normally won’t feel in our real lives. This is fundamental filmmaking. Anything else is a op-ed column. This is the difference between filmic art and filmic pseudo-art with an agenda.

  • Dan

    This flaming turd was Episode 1,2,3 bad. Beyond words. Oh, and Iron Man carried the nuke much better. No characters. No logical plot, and Bane was nothing but an empty 1-dimensional throw away crapfest. Oh, and thanks Nolan for selling out and setting up the next franchise with Third Rock from the Sun Robin. Bad acting, terrible writing, and all the fanboys will love it because they want to in lieu actually judging the film on its merits. /wrists

    • Grayden

      I don’t think Nolan was setting anything up. For the setup to pay off, he would have to be involved with it and Warner Bros isn’t going to continue with this “universe”, they will reboot it in a few years. Nolan, if anything, was merely giving a nod to the source, Bruce Wayne’s Batman did what he set out to do, to save his city, and now he passed on the proverbial torch to someone he feels is worthy in John Blake. I think you forget Nolan is a cerebral kinda guy, he doesn’t do things for the obvious reasons. If anything, he does them to make people think about the themes and issues in the story he’s telling.

    • DES

      Thank God, someone said this, the way it should have been said all along. You, sir, are my hero for saying and spelling the truth about this film.

    • spongefist

      A flaming turd indeed, just like Inception.

      He had a one hit wonder with TDK.

      This movie is fucking terrible, we have been laughing our arses (English) off for the last 3 days about how utterly stupid this movie is. Self important, up it’s own arse and not much fun at all, but the worse part about it all is that key plot devices make NO SENSE at all.

      Lets just say ‘Trapped Nerve’ x ‘Worst Rocky Montage ever’ x ‘Childrens Climbing Wall’ as that just about answers everything.

      I gave it a C earlier, the more I think about it the more it is a straight out F

  • Chris

    LOL. Matt, you\’ve done it again. You had me rolling my eyes at the first sentence. So let me paraphrase.
    \"Call me old fashioned, but I like my movie reviewers to be a little less cynical.\"

    Please Collider get someone else to write your reviews. Pretty please?

  • Mulvi

    I’ve yet to see this movie so I don’t know how closely Matt’s opinion of this film is to mine, but more and more I’m becoming disgusted at the attitudes of “fans” towards critics for providing an opinion (which is their job!). Far too often the critics of the critics aren’t engaging in a discussion of critical thought of the merits or flaws of a particular film, but rather engage in personal attacks which are more vulgar than thoughtful. Over the years there have been many time in which I’ve disagreed with critics over their interpretation of a particular film, yet I’ve never wished that they were silenced. Instead, I accept and understand that people see the world and cinema differently. If you so vehemently disagree with a critic write your own piece where you dissect where you and the critics agree and disagree and, maybe, the reasons why you disagree. There isn’t a single critic which I always agree with. Hell, rarely is there a review of a single film that I wholly agree with. It’s really sad that there is a growing group of people who cannot use their own critical faculties and would rather resort to ad hominem attacks.

  • Jan Sulu

    MASSIVE SPOILER

    YOU BEEN WARNED!!

    Could the final shot of Michael Caine looking straight at the audience be part of a dream sequence? What I am saying is Batman really sacrifices himself for the city by carrying that bomb to the sea (reminds me of that song :” Somewhere beyond the sea..”). The scene with Alfred looking at Bruce & Selina is a wish fulfillment dream sequence. He feels so bad about the whole thing he wills this “happy ever after” moment out of his own grief. Batman & Catwoman in a Mediterranean cafe, really? The legend truly ends.

    • Doug

      No, I think that’s totally real. They lead up to it by saying that Bruce repaired the autopilot on The Bat. Then, when they show Batman contemplating what he’s doing, he may be thinking that Alfred was right. Also, the way he tied up all his affairs and the fact that Selina disappears from Gotham is the final nail in the coffin that it’s true and it was a great twist.

  • Jan Sulu

    MASSIVE SPOILER

    YOU BEEN WARNED!!

    Could the final shot of Michael Caine looking straight at the audience be part of a dream sequence? What I am saying is Batman really sacrifices himself for the city by carrying that bomb to the sea (reminds me of that song :\" Somewhere beyond the sea..\"). The scene with Alfred looking at Bruce & Selina is a wish fulfillment dream sequence. He feels so bad about the whole thing he wills this \"happy ever after\" moment out of his own grief. Batman & Catwoman in a Mediterranean cafe, really? The legend truly ends.

  • Ryan McCarthy

    Thank you Matt for the honesty and your right in providing a realistic review about this movie! I had a good time watching this film. Thank you Collider.

  • Mike

    Here’s why Batman isn’t in this movie as much…because that was the whole point of the trilogy. Bruce outlines his whole plan to Alfred in Batman Begins. He wants to create a symbol, something for the people of Gotham to believe in so that they can save their city and so they don’t have to be afraid any more. Alfred reiterates that point in the second movie when Bruce runs into the Batman impersonators. He has created a symbol, an idea more powerful than a guy in a cap with expensive gadgets. The people of Gotham helped to save their city from a madman! Sure they had Batman’s help, but he only intervened at the last possible second, and his intervention was made possible by the people of Gotham.

  • comicbooklosersall

    Probably because (like most death-threat uttering loser comic book fans) reading is difficult,.. if he had had pictures in his review, you’d have thought differently. Get a life people.

  • rocky

    Wow just scrolled down to read some of the comments and what a bunch of pathetic dick sucking losers are all these “nolanites”
    Bunch of bitches crying about anything that isn’t a suck up to Nolan. And yet most are doing it without seeing the film.

    Get a life you morons

  • Budders

    Now having seen this film, I can safely say that Goldberg now has zero credibility. His job is to review a film, not evaluate how it relates to him, which is all he ever does in the review, how it relates to his understanding of Batman and how he feels Batman should be, refusing to acknowledge that this is more than a superhero movie but the final piece in an epic trilogy that is so much more than just simply Batman. I wanted to wait to comment on this review until I had seen it to make sure I wouldn’t fall victim to the same trap as others, insulting critics before seeing the piece, but I can now safely say that Goldberg is nothing more than a pandering idiot in the wave of general audiences who view films, not a critic in any retrospect to be given credibility or respect. When your job is to unbiasedly review a film, but you can’t keep from your own personal relations with a subject interfering in this process, then you aren’t doing your job, and Matt Goldberg, you sir are NOT doing your job.

  • Matt Goldberg

    Hey im Matt Goldberg. I have a really small penis and I hate myself.

  • Doug

    Matt makes a lot of valid points. The script is clunky and I definitely felt that Nolan was trying to tell a different sort of story with the Batman characters as the veneer. However, I disagree that there are no emotional moments at all. There are plenty at the end. There\’s a lot to love in this film, but it felt like some \"connective tissue\" scenes were excised for time constraints and it mucks with the pacing. Everyone in the cast does a great job, with the three leads taking the cake – yes, Hathaway is great as Selina Kyle – but, I felt like Gary Oldman and Michael Caine were short-changed. I have to wonder how different this movie would have been had Heath Ledger lived. Would the story have been completely different? The Joker certainly would have certainly made an appearance. I\’m seeing it again today, but as of right now, I would give it more of a B-. It just felt like too much story crammed into a tight space – yes, even at 165 minutes – and certain elements weren’t given time to breathe.

  • Byron

    Goldberg, you nailed it perfectly. Don’t listen to these sheep, the picture is flawed in too numerous areas to be forgotten. I only differ with your opinion on the inclusion of Catwoman, I feel that it brought the film to a halt each time her subplot was explored.

  • Doug

    No, I think that\’s totally real. They lead up to it by saying that Bruce repaired the autopilot on The Bat. Then, when they show Batman contemplating what he\’s doing, he may be thinking that Alfred was right. Also, the way he tied up all his affairs and the fact that Selina disappears from Gotham is the final nail in the coffin that it\’s true and it was a great twist.

  • knowledge

    This is going to be the first time I’m going to say this: Matt Goldber’s review was dead on. So pumped for this movie, saw it, he’s totally correct. Batman is a backdrop at best. I think I’ve spent too long worshipping at the altar of Nolan. Just because he’s Nolan doesn’t mean he can’t make a mistake and he made a mistake with this movie. I still love the guy: the cinematography, the editing, the sound work, the performances he gets out of actors. The script for this just wasn’t right. This will, no doubt, incur some wrath from others like me who loved the movie but I’m being subjectively objective… i.e., it’s just my opinion. Even if you disagree with his review, which I have done every other time he’s written one, it is a well written review.

  • knowledge

    This is going to be the first time I\’m going to say this: Matt Goldber\’s review was dead on. So pumped for this movie, saw it, he\’s totally correct. Batman is a backdrop at best. I think I\’ve spent too long worshipping at the altar of Nolan. Just because he\’s Nolan doesn\’t mean he can\’t make a mistake and he made a mistake with this movie. I still love the guy: the cinematography, the editing, the sound work, the performances he gets out of actors. The script for this just wasn\’t right. This will, no doubt, incur some wrath from others like me who loved the movie but I\’m being subjectively objective… i.e., it\’s just my opinion. Even if you disagree with his review, which I have done every other time he\’s written one, it is a well written review.

  • Jordan

    If you don’t like his reviews, quit reading them.

    That being said, this will be the last Collider review I read. I like the site for their news, not their reviews.

  • Mike

    Holy crap Goldberg gave this a C! This movie is going to be freakin amazeballs!

  • Mehdi A

    As someone who has actually seen this movie, I can safely assume that Goldberg was high on freon for this movie. Sure he’s not in costume for most of it, but BRUCE WAYNE IS BATMAN, and Bruce is pretty clearly the main protagonist in more than enough scenes. I mean…I don’t get it, does this man want Batman to come out of the movie and blow him for him to like it???

  • KSwiss

    Couldn’t agree more with this review, saw the movie last night and was not impressed. I have liked everything Nolan has made thus far, but i really think he messed up on this one. As far as villian choice and other parts of the movie which i wont go into to avoid spoiling it for others.

    • DES

      You, sir, are totally right. Thanks for speaking out the truth.

  • brandon

    bottom line….. never coming back to collider again. the misspelling of names and shitty reporting in the past have sealed it. and this troll ass review…smh. done.

  • Bob

    Movie was absolutely amazing. I don’t know how you watch such an great film, and think it’s bad. It escapes my mind. I guess people will say thats just my opinion.

  • Dan

    Most of you people are being ridiculous. I’m not a Nolan lover, nor am I a Nolan hater. I liked all of his movies but there are flaws in all of his films. I saw the movie last night and I’m not sure how I feel. I wasn’t blown away by this movie but Batman Begins and TDK definitely gave me that feeling. Exiting the theater I was satisfied, but I didn’t love the movie and I didn’t hate the movie. I want to see it again, but do not think I am willing to see it in theaters again.

    What I can tell you is it is definitely more like Batman Begins, Anne Hathaway did a surprisingly good job, and they did a good job making Tom Hardy look much taller than he is. Some of the twists are obvious to those that have watched the cartoons or read any comics, and the trailers definitely gave away too much of the movie. I’d say it was a B or B- depending on how high your expectations were.

  • tunderbolt

    i’ve already watched TDKR this afternoon, if i allowed to gave a score, its 7.8.
    am big fan of nolan, i watch and collect his movie, i watch following, insomnia and memento, i have to ADmit that in some point matt is closely correct. but i HATE the review HAHA, its still a great movie:)

    but i think nolan and friend just to eager and full of excitement when they made it, it makes the TDKR is too rich, you hardly remember the interesting point like(TDK, “some man just want to see the world burn”, or “iam agent of chaos”),(the prestige, “are you watching closely”) this point become the movie idea itself, in TDKR there is so much ideas, so much interesting part, but i like this movie, its actualy an achievement in cinema…

    and i like the rolling manouver of the batpod, priceless.

  • tunderbolt

    i\’ve already watched TDKR this afternoon, if i allowed to gave a score, its 7.8.
    am big fan of nolan, i watch and collect his movie, i watch following, insomnia and memento, i have to ADmit that in some point matt is closely correct. but i HATE the review HAHA, its still a great movie:)

    but i think nolan and friend just to eager and full of excitement when they made it, it makes the TDKR is too rich, you hardly remember the interesting point like(TDK, \"some man just want to see the world burn\", or \"iam agent of chaos\"),(the prestige, \"are you watching closely\") this point become the movie idea itself, in TDKR there is so much ideas, so much interesting part, but i like this movie, its actualy an achievement in cinema…

    and i like the rolling manouver of the batpod, priceless.

  • tunderbolt

    i\\\’ve already watched TDKR this afternoon, if i allowed to gave a score, its 7.8.
    am big fan of nolan, i watch and collect his movie, i watch following, insomnia and memento, i have to ADmit that in some point matt is closely correct. but i HATE the review HAHA, its still a great movie:)

    but i think nolan and friend just to eager and full of excitement when they made it, it makes the TDKR is too rich, you hardly remember the interesting point like(TDK, \\&quot;some man just want to see the world burn\\&quot;, or \\&quot;iam agent of chaos\\&quot;),(the prestige, \\&quot;are you watching closely\\&quot;) this point become the movie idea itself, in TDKR there is so much ideas, so much interesting part, but i like this movie, its actualy an achievement in cinema…

    and i like the rolling manouver of the batpod, priceless.

  • bilderberg

    i think goldberg makes some fairly straight up comments!
    the expectation level on this one was always going to be impossibly high and bane is never going to be the joker !!
    (although i would love to see a star studded, straight up knightfall trilogy)

    regardless how good it is i think we have at least 2 GREAT batman films to be gratefull for… is anyone seriously thinking we aint gonna see another riff within the next 5 years anyway?

    unfortunately there are people who delight in verbal negatives as a requisite. (maybe you should make a “bash goldberg” page so that all the yahoos can congregate there and leave the serious comments to people who actually have an opinion)

  • bilderberg

    i think goldberg makes some fairly straight up comments!
    the expectation level on this one was always going to be impossibly high and bane is never going to be the joker !!
    (although i would love to see a star studded, straight up knightfall trilogy)

    regardless how good it is i think we have at least 2 GREAT batman films to be gratefull for… is anyone seriously thinking we aint gonna see another riff within the next 5 years anyway?

    unfortunately there are people who delight in verbal negatives as a requisite. (maybe you should make a \"bash goldberg\" page so that all the yahoos can congregate there and leave the serious comments to people who actually have an opinion)

  • hoffy51

    Well this whole review sounds like someone trying to get attention by using big words to negatively depict an amazingly done movie. Please, to anyone who has not seen the movie, do not trust this review at all. I saw TDKR. It was not anything that this guy just said. It was the greatest movie ever made. 3000 other critics in the world can’t be wrong, but this guy be right. Some people like to get attention by going against the crown. THIS is one of those people. His job is supposed to judge the movie based on a whole, and as solely a MOVIE. NOT by what he “WANTS” to be in the movie and how dissapointed he is that it doesn’t have those things. Nolan is the greatest living director of our time. Period. Prove me wrong.

  • hoffy51

    Well this whole review sounds like someone trying to get attention by using big words to negatively depict an amazingly done movie. Please, to anyone who has not seen the movie, do not trust this review at all. I saw TDKR. It was not anything that this guy just said. It was the greatest movie ever made. 3000 other critics in the world can\’t be wrong, but this guy be right. Some people like to get attention by going against the crown. THIS is one of those people. His job is supposed to judge the movie based on a whole, and as solely a MOVIE. NOT by what he \"WANTS\" to be in the movie and how dissapointed he is that it doesn\’t have those things. Nolan is the greatest living director of our time. Period. Prove me wrong.

  • Phil123

    I disagree with Matt’s C rating, but he makes some good points. He clearly thinks though his reviews and isn’t just playing to piss people off. i give it 4/5, but am happy to read matts opinions and think about them without getting all moany

  • LPShreyas

    Let the reviewer go to hell !!!
    I just watched the movie and it was breathtaking !!!
    Maybe not as good as its predecessor, but better than any other movie this year.
    Too much hype about this movie could be another reason for negative reviews, because when you hear an apple tree has apples as sweet as honey, you kind of expect honey and not apple

  • Ben

    All I care about is my thoughts about the movie, I loved it, and thats all that matters to me, this guy can think what he wants, the box office numbers won’t lie.

    • Dan

      That’s a silly comment. Spiderman 3′s box office numbers were huge, because of the fact that the first 2 Spiderman movies were good. TDKR is nowhere near as bad as Spiderman 3, I’m just using that as an example. I think whoever said a 7.8 is fair if you had really high expectations. If you were able to temper your expectations it’s a B or a B+.

  • oBI

    I saw the trilogy in Imax last night and had a great time, but I have to completely agree with Golbergs review. I couldn\’t have said it better.

  • j

    He made some interesting and valid points. Hathaway was great, and Batman WAS very under-utilized in the film. That being said, the movie is DEFINITELY not a C. Compared to the garbage that gets released nowadays, it is a fast-paced, well shot, epic movie. Some of the “heart” was lost from its predecessors. Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t call this one the best in the trilogy.

  • Racer X

    Has anyone else notices that all of the people ( Thundersaurex, Jim, Prfsr_X) that are standing up for Goldberg have inadvertently inserted a “\” into their comments. Strange coincidence…no?
    I couldn’t care less If Goldberg didn’t enjoy the film. But if those comments are actually from Goldberg then that is just pathetic.

  • Sean

    The problem is that this is a website that primarily covers a certain type of mainstream movie and certain types of TV shows. Based on his writing and the podcasts, from his own mouth, Matt has made it clear those are the types of movies he particularly enjoys.

    Matt Goldberg is perfectly entitled to have his opinion. The problem is that his opinion doesn\’t match that of the readers of this blog. This was never more evident than when a couple of weeks ago the writers posted their most anticipated films for the remainder of 2012. Goldberg was clear this was not a film he was super excited about because he knew what he was going to get. That is the movie that this blog has been writing about DAILY for 6 weeks straight, and the general editor wasn\’t particularly excited about it.

    We come to this blog and read about the movies this blog is covering because we like that type of movie. He doesn\’t.

    He\’s an an articulate writer, with valid opinions. He just doesn\’t fit this blog.

    On the flip side, Frosty is like most of the readers of this blog, we just love movies.

  • AKD

    I’ve never met anyone whose parents have more than one basement. Er, wait.. your moms does. She’s got that secret double dungeon cellar where I dose her with a bit of the strawberry cheesecake. A jab to the face gives her that bloody nose look – then BOOM – money shot to the grill. Bitch be looking like a white stripes outfit up on her mug. Blood and semen just all over her fo’head. Sometimes I throw a little feces up on there and call it the thudersaurusrex.

    - this is quite possibly the most hilarious thing I have ever heard/read in my life. I LITTERALLY laughed for a good ten minutes before mustering up the strength to get my self off the floor and type this comment. Bravo, sir. Bravo.

  • flyndiggory

    The author is entitled to his opinion and people are entitled to disagree with his opinion. But there is absolutely no reason why anybody should be trashing on anybody else, there are a billion bigger issues than liking or disliking a movie. I can kind of see how Matt came to his conclusions but a lot of the concerns I would disagree with. And some of his concerns don’t bother me; this is entertainment after all.

    I really like the movie and would grade it an ‘A’. While Batman doesn’t appear throughout the entire film, we spend a lot of time with a broken Bruce Wayne. He is the heart of the story and I’m more than okay with that. He is a great character here and I felt more connected to Bruce in this film than the previous film. And as opposed to Matt, I felt the ending was really strong and avoided being too cliche while tying together a lot of themes that have been running throughout all of the movies.

  • ron

    I saw it and absolutely loved it. A great way for Nolan to end the trilogy. I just recently re-read the Knightfall series and the Bane graphic novel dealing with his origin. Nolan has deviated slightly in some of the story, like Hollywood always irritatingly does but the story is on point for the most part. Extremely entertaining but they are a couple of scenes where one has to put belief on the back burner, shall we say. Let’s face it as much as Nolan has tried to have his films steeped in reality(he has done a great of that) it is still based on a COMIC BOOK .

    I am anxious to see how WB reboots this character after Nolan’s excellent series.

  • Mason

    Matt Goldberg is just a douchebag and that’s all I can say about him. He is probably one of the worst critics out there. This movie was an absolute masterpiece and Matt should get fired for this review. I can’t even write anymore because I am just out of words to describe this dumbass.

  • Taylor

    I disagree that we never saw the ugly side of Gotham. Much of batman begins focused on the poverty, corruption and street crime of the
    city.

    Also, I don’t mind that the
    Dark Knight used Harvey dent as the emotional arc of the film. Batman’s identity was established and it was more about testing the limits of that identity. I don’t think there is anything naturally worse about that. I agree with most of the rest of the article though.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like someone failed as a filmmaker and now bashes great films on a blog

  • reality check

    This is why you leave filming to filmmakers and crying/whining to bloggers

  • Christian

    This review, like many others on this film, have been skewed due to what the critic wanted to see happen, rather than what was a more logical and intelligent conclusion to the ending film. It\’s not Chris Nolan\’s error that this particular person wanted to see a character study, and he should not be scolded for not doing so. What particularly bothered me, were two things: 1. Chris Nolan\’s Gotham seemed like a regular metropolis instead of a \"hellhole\" because he probably views contemporary large cities as dystopian in nature, which can be an arguable point. 2. Chris Nolan does not have a citizen uprising because that contradicts basic Sociology and large group tendencies to have a larger voice than the population as a whole, and it is probably his commentary on the impossibility of Bane and \"The League of Shadows\" achieving their goal. This review was only mediocre because the person misinterpreted the story itself, and did not take into account that an environment/setting/city can be as much of a character as any person. This film was one of the most maturely directed films in the past 15 years, and stands as an indisputable masterpiece and a true work of art.

  • mark tornits

    wow, surprised to say, this review is dead on-

  • TJ

    Holy crap Matt is right.

  • ozzie

    matt’s reviews drive traffic to the site because they are pretty thought out and in depth … i almost never agree with him but his stuff is always well written … i can tell whether i am going to like a movie based on whether he dislikes it or totally hates it. :) … he is a movie critic … he’s allowed to be critical.

    • ozzie

      Finally got to see the movie and I really liked it a lot more than i thought i would. Fake Bane was even ok … he had a little of the comic Bane in him. Catless Woman was really good too.

      I loved and hated the ending at the same time. It opened opened up a big group of possibilities but left them hanging at the end of a trilogy. Through the last half of the movie i kept thinking Blake was going to hit up the eastern foundation of Wayne manor for a wardrobe change then at the end everything was explained.

  • wacko3205

    Total difference of opinions…but this was the best of the three.

    Emotionless?

    Total BS.

    Cried thrice as did the wife & kid.

    Classic.

    I hate to say it…but Goldberg is off about this.

  • Nathan Ligon

    I\’m sorry. This guy can obviously have his opinion, but anyone who has ever truly cared about the story of Bruce Wayne will be profoundly moved by this movie. I have actually never been as emotionally moved by the end of a film in my life and I am a Dallas area film critic that reviews over 200 films a year. This movie was exceptionally put together and is quite possibly the best closing to any trilogy to date. Nola understood very early that the story of Batman has always made Gotham the center. Gotham also was always a stand in for New York City. It is not seen as some phony alternatively horrible place because Nolan is dealing with the realm of reality. He shows the problems of Gotham to be political, economical, and having to do with things like organized crime. These are real issues that represent the real reasons that people hate America and plan terrorist attacks. The vivid reality to which he gives to every piece of the narrative cannot be easily thrown away. So, while I agree that this piece is articulate, I think that this individual is completely missing the point of Batman and clearly has never understood it in the first place. Batman has always been about bigger things. Hell, he was created as a hero for youngsters to relate and look up to during the run up to World War 2 as a symbol of justice. Nolan understood this early on and crafted his series in the mold of truth instead of fiction. By doing this he decided to explore what that symbol meant and why it was important to the proverbial soul. The idea that there is not enough of Batman in the last 2 films is ludicrous. Batman is Bruce Wayne and therefore it is his story. He remains the center of this story at all times. He only gets sidelined an hour and a half into the movie because he has been defeated. And this works as a way of showing the bigger picture. By showing how important that symbol truly is. Honestly, I could go on all night about this, but I would eventually ruin the film by revealing important plot points, but I will end by saying that the argument of whether Batman could only be Batman because of his big journey and training was clearly explained away in the first film when Ducard says that training is nothing and will is everything. It is the will to act. You miss the point here like the critic in Ratatouille missed the point of the motto \"everyone can cook.\" It\’s not that literally we can all be Batman if we want to be, but that a symbol to fight injustice can come from anywhere and that sometimes people need someone like that to have faith in.

  • Anonymous

    Funny cause to me I thought cat woman was a waste in this film. I don’t get why she was in the movie at all.

  • Joe

    Saw it last night. An amazing movie and a fitting ending as well with a great finale teaser. Lotsa Nolan misdirection. An exhausting movie because of the run-time, the pounding score and the IMAX visuals. You’ll be trying to see and hear everything. You need to rewatch the first two films again as this film is definitely the third act. Though i’d advise not doing that immediately before this. It certainly feels like the original Star Wars trilogy in terms of immediate impact – this one being Return of the Jedi. In many ways this is more a Bruce Wayne story rather than a Batman one. It marks a winning conclusion to the Batman Begins arc. I love it when trilogies close the loop. Very satisfying ending.

    A super night out at the movies! Am very happy that I got a chance to watch this trilogy.

  • Deshi Basera

    Is Kevin Feige funding Collider?

  • subhasish christche

    the first thing i have noticed is,,we got a situation in the movie,,and again and again we struct in it. its beyond a movie,,beyond a story. its about a hope,,about a regular prayer for the man with a mask for the last 4 years when he was running and dogs and cops were chasing him.

    after watching the dark knight in 2008,,i became the disciple of batman. after watching the dark knight rises,,i realized he is god.

    sometimes when your excitement level cross the limits,,,u cant explain much. same happens to me.

    batman is a normal human being, who inspired us to ask Jesus Christ not to take our sins. he is among and within us showing the way of perfection and purification.

  • DEEP

    You know I am observing Matt’s rating and I have came to conclusion that he likes light hearted action thriller means movies with comic moments blend with actions he doesn’t like serious drama and dark films.

  • Anonymous

    After reading the reviews from aintitcool / firstshowing/ collider its seems to me a lot of the online critics have gone in with very high expectations. This has resulted with these underwhelming reviews. I disagree Mr Goldberg I think there was a lot of time for Batman to grow.
    **spoilerish**
    I’m not sure if everyone revisited Batman Begins recently but Bruce states his anger outweighed his guilt which gave him the drive to become a symbol to save Gotham. His absence is necessary for the final showdown as he witnesses the devastation occurring and nothing was being done for the people of Gotham His anger drives him again as he clearly states in the pit!

    As R’as al ghul states to Bruce Wayne that if he makes himself more than a man and devotes himself to an ideal he becomes something else entirely. Which i believe he does!!

  • Enigma

    Watched it last night…

    It wasn’t very good, boring and batless for the most of it. Overlong and a scene towards the end to rival Indiana and the Crystal Skull.

    Bane was good and Catwoman was ok. Too many characters introduced. I agree with some of the above review, Gordon Levitt was in the film way too much. I could go on but it requires too much effort.

  • JEWBERG

    wished goldbergs parents died in the holocaust.

    • TJ

      You are a terrible person.

    • Joe

      WTF dude?! Your comment is a disgrace.

  • Jan Sulu

    Goldberg is too harsh. This is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen this year, or probably last 5 years. I agree with some criticism that there are too many supporting characters but that is also part of the rich tapestry Nola is weaving. One of favorite parts is when the prisoners are chanting to climb out of the pit, and the music swells and you know this is the moment. Very emotional scene in a superhero movie genre currently populated with self-satisfied egos (Spider-Man, Avengers etc). I think the movie would play even better if it opens with the child climbing out of the pit so that when it is referenced to a character later in the movie, the audience would have something to fall back on. The movie hinges on the two characters getting out of the lowest point of their lives. This is the most important theme of the movie and it should be center instead of Catwoman antics though nicely done & very entertaining but not central to the story about 2 characters with monumental struggle to define themselves.

  • SHU

    After reading the reviews from aintitcool / firstshowing / collider it seems as though the guys have gone to watch it with very high expectations which has resulted in their underwhelming reviews
    I loved the whole thing!! The story came in full circle and I disagree Mr Goldberg. I think there was a lot of time for Batman to grow

    **spoilerish**
    8 years is long time to be out of the game! For Bruce to come back in his physical state so immediately to accomplish what he believed he could do was unrealistic. His absence is essential to reinvigorate his ideal! In Batman Begins Bruce stated that his anger outweighed his guilt which gave him the drive to become a symbol for Gotham. This time round his guilt outweighed his anger which was inevitably his downfall. As he witnesses the devastation of Gotham and no help being sought, Bruce clearly states in the pit that he’s angry!!
    Thus the essential importance of the title of the film The Dark Knight RIses!!

    As R’as Al Ghul quotes in Batman Begins “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely.”…. ” A legend Mister Wayne.” Which I believe he clearly does become!

  • SHU

    After reading the reviews from aintitcool / firstshowing / collider it seems as though the guys have gone to watch it with very high expectations which has resulted in their underwhelming reviews
    I loved the whole thing!! The story came in full circle and I disagree Mr Goldberg. I think there was a lot of time for Batman to grow

    **spoilerish**
    8 years is long time to be out of the game! For Bruce to come back in his physical state so immediately to accomplish what he believed he could do was unrealistic. His absence is essential to reinvigorate his ideal! In Batman Begins Bruce stated that his anger outweighed his guilt which gave him the drive to become a symbol for Gotham. This time round his guilt outweighed his anger which was inevitably his downfall. As he witnesses the devastation of Gotham and no help being sought, Bruce clearly states in the pit that he\’s angry!!
    Thus the essential importance of the title of the film The Dark Knight RIses!!

    As R\’as Al Ghul quotes in Batman Begins \"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, then you become something else entirely.\"…. \" A legend Mister Wayne.\" Which I believe he clearly does become!

  • Goldberg Sucks

    Goldberg really is the new Armond White, a predictable troll who seems to gain some kind of satisfaction by giving a C to a truly great superhero film, albeit not quite at the level of The Dark Knight. I find it astonishing that just this year he has given higher reviews to Man on a Ledge, Contraband, and John Carter. You sir, are a disgrace to your profession.

  • SHU

    Chill out peeps! Everything is subjective, get a grip!! He had different expectations!! I disagree with Matt but there no need to make such remarks about the guy! Its an embarrassment that some people can say such things.

  • AgentOfFate

    Definitely, it seems that many of the reviewers like Goldberg who aren\\\’t giving the film a positive review are criticizing it based on what they thought the movie should have been, NOT what it was. TDNR is about not just having batman jump around in his cape, but the experiences of Bruce Wayne who is of course BATMAN. Also, the cast of supporting characters is important to show how Batman has inspired people like Blake and Gordon in Gotham. I get that some people are not going to be blown away by TDRK, but Goldberg seems way off the mark here.

  • Ralph Lopez

    Everything that Lance said to the TENTH POWER!!! I am so sick and tired of these know nothing wannabe Film Critics doing reviews for a paycheck and not earning their paychecks by doing the Research on a Character as Complex as The Batman. I’m 45 years old and have had to live with the fact that Adam West was asked to do a disservice to a DC Character and almost assassinated it. But in actuality, it worked in reverse. Others with more Intellect took notice and decided to rewrite what was once bastardized and The Batman Rose out of the Camp and Joke filled Limbo it was in for about for 26 years. That is until the The Dark Knight Returns Graphic novels and Batman Year One. Film Critics are both good and bad but sometimes you wonder what’s their motivation for making bad film reviews. Are you really a critic, or a patsy for other interests.

  • Goldberg Sucks

    I genuinely feel Goldberg should be fired over this review – it is true he has been bitching about the film for a year, and obviously went in determined to give the movie a C. When you can predict how a critic is going to rank a movie, as I did with Goldberg, it’s time to go. Let’s have an unbiased critic who reviews films on Collider, otherwise this site will lose a lot of readers.

  • Blueberry

    Matt Goldberg…..do you even like movies in general? Maybe you should stick to books :S

  • nkutzler

    I thought the movie was great. However, it lacked some of the depth in character of the second movie despite some truly great performances. In the Dark Knight, anyone who’s important, from Harvey Dent to the large convict and the businessman on the ferries at the end, have a very clear character. In DKR, we get a scientist, CIA agent, ruthless businessman, some more cops, a long-time captive, and many other people and not everyone is fleshed out. However, I got Bane. I understood his intentions and his character. I’m starting to get Catwoman, too.
    There is another issue that I certainly won’t go into because of spoilers, and it’s about a single, strange character. But the movie itself gave a grand look at all of Gotham, which is essential to the best Batman stories. This isn’t like Burton’s Batman movies, which focus more on Bruce and give a very good look at the man, and it certainly isn’t the later movies about Batman having ice skates and driving up walls. It’s about the city Batman must protect, and how he discovers what he must change about himself in order to protect the people of Gotham from anarchy.

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  • Dobby

    For the record, I loved both this, and The Avengers. Both very different movies, both brilliant in their own ways. They don’t have to ‘compete’ . This isn’t an area, where they have to beat each other bloody. There is room for both. This is the effed up mentality of both our society, and the idiots who run the traditional studios who believe that ‘there can be only one’.

    I fundamentally disagree with mr goldbergs take on this movie, but I respect his right to say it, and I am interested to her why he thinks this. Personally. I found it the most emotionally satisfying end to Nolan’s work that it could be. Personantly, I am more worried about Rubinov’s peeing all over this with their stated ‘immediate reboot’.

  • Doug

    Saw it again yesterday and had to revise my own grade to a solid B. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Is it a perfect movie? No way – there are plenty of things to gripe about. But, it is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy as a whole and the cast just rocks it. Nolan’s crime, I think, was just being too ambitious in his designs. Too much story and not enough time to tell it – yes, even at 165 minutes.

  • Zentrekker

    Matt Goldberg has written a very good paper for a Critical Film Studies course but not a very good (or at least fair) review. There is no way TDKR deserves a “C” but Goldberg makes some very interesting and astute observations. So those of you who hate this review have a point and those of you that like it have a point. I think these negative reviews of very good films are either people who don’t like or get the kind of movie they are reviewing or they think the film maker made the wrong movie. Goldberg’s “review” falls into this second category. Just maybe Nolan was making a movie about Bruce Wayne (a real person) and not just about Batman (a symbol/myth). If you follow the arcs in all three movies both stories are there and both receive closure in this film. I would have liked more Batman and for Bruce to get out of that prison sooner and faster but that doesn’t necessarily mean Nolan was wrong or that this movie was anything less than a “B+” or better.

    • terry

      Goldberg was on the money. I wonder how many of you dissing Goldberg are paid studio folks here to squash any criticism for this bullshit ass Batman movie.
      If you’re trying to restore balance to a rotten city why do it with a nuke. DUMB!
      And the only evil I see are antagonist in this film. We never see the people doing shit that deserves what the legion of shadows wants to be done with Gotham.
      Ann Hathaway was a complete wash out here.She couldn’t fight worth shit.
      Hated the movie. Horrible!!!!

  • Scott Brightcliffe

    Thanks Matt for a thoughtful review. The Dark Knight Rises was a truly epic movie with some outstanding fight scenes.

    Just wanted to mention that I\’ve linked to this in a post on my blog.

    Scott Brightcliffe
    Author, Screen Fight: Martial Art Movie Legends

  • Slice

    I totally disagree with the outcome of your review Matt, however, I cannot dispute the points you take it to task on.

    Overall a fundamentally different experience to the last two, but I still enjoyed it. Even though Nolan makes serious films, it’s still hard to take seriously a story about a guy who runs around in a rubber suit punching people in the nuts.

    B+

  • Slice

    I totally disagree with the outcome of your review Matt, however, I cannot dispute the points you take it to task on.

    Overall a fundamentally different experience to the last two, but I still enjoyed it. Even though Nolan makes serious films, it\’s still hard to take seriously a story about a guy who runs around in a rubber suit punching people in the nuts.

    B+

  • Alex

    Totally disagree. It was a beautiful film. See it in IMAX if you can.

  • Ethan

    I laughed out loud at parts of this review.

  • Hunter

    Sure, not everyone is going to like the movie. However, I thought they concluded the trilogy really well and I loved the story to this movie. All the actors gave great performances and I loved how they portrayed catwoman and the realistic take on the lazarus pit was great as well. Say what you want, but I loved the story and the movies Christopher Nolan put together for my favorite super hero. If you have enjoyed the story since Batman Begins then you will appreciate the conclusion to Nolans story of Bruce Wayne and how he restored hope to Gotham.

  • Al Conyado

    Ah man I still got a whole week to endure before I have a chance to see this, cool review btw.

  • SATAN

    seen the film. i though it was meh. Catwoman awful Bane awful and the Robin bit at the ned. the whole cinema sighed!! 7/10

  • Rod

    I’ve seen the movie and I’ll go even further than the reviewer. This movie flat out sucks, and I love the first two installments. A clunky first act is putting it kindly. It starts terribly and the movie never recovers. Why introduce so many new characters and edge the main one completely out of the picture ? John Blake Begins is definitely more appropriate. It should have been called The Dark Knight Is Barely In It, and before anyone points out that Bruce Wayne is Batman and he’s in it plenty, we don’t go to these movies to see Bruce Wayne. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of the problems with this film. I still can’t believe how hard Nolan dropped the ball with this one.

  • Knightfall

    All I can say is go see it for yourselves and screw the reviews. I have been a Diehard Batman fan since the early 90\’s and I loved every minute of the film despite the lack of actual \"Batman time.\" I think that reviews can discourage and warp peoples Ideas on movies sometimes; I also believe that everyone has their own opinion. There is no right or wrong in entertainment, there never can or will be. It is immature to fight over who is wrong or right in a battle of opinion. I was personally worried walking into the theatre that the film wouldn\’t live up to what it was supposed to. In my view it succeeded; but thats just one guy\’s opinion. My only critique of the film is that it has loose ends; I wish that Nolan would consider the thought of another installment (in a few years) to wrap things up that never truly came into fruition. I am not a \"Nolanite\", however I love the Frank Miller style grit and the tangible realism that he brings to the table. I don\’t think anybody else could emulate it this far into the series. This story follows no arc other than Christopher Nolan\’s (Trust me I\’ve read all the comic books.) He made it his own and us the consumer can either love and enjoy it or not. The choice is up to you. No need to cuss each other out and be so negative, after all it is fantasy. It is the silver screen; a place were we go because we choose to of our own volition to be entertained. If you like a gritty dark batman film, with ample character development, great acting, awesome special effects, and a wonderful twisting thrill ride of a plot, then I have a feeling you will love TDKR. I give it an A+ (But thats just me) If you think that it\’s not worth that; you are entitled to speak your mind. Is it really necessary to argue like children though?

  • Knightfall

    All I can say is go see it for yourselves and screw the reviews. I have been a Diehard Batman fan since the early 90′s and I loved every minute of the film despite the lack of actual “Batman time.” I think that reviews can discourage and warp peoples Ideas on movies sometimes; I also believe that everyone has their own opinion. There is no right or wrong in entertainment, there never can or will be. It is immature to fight over who is wrong or right in a battle of opinion. I was personally worried walking into the theatre that the film wouldn’t live up to what it was supposed to. In my view it succeeded; but thats just one guy’s opinion. My only critique of the film is that it has loose ends; I wish that Nolan would consider the thought of another installment (in a few years) to wrap things up that never truly came into fruition. I am not a “Nolanite”, however I love how Nolan fused his adaptation with a Frank Miller style grit along with his tangible realism that he brings to the table. I don’t think anybody else could emulate it this far into the series. This story follows no arc other than Christopher Nolan’s (Trust me I’ve read all the comic books.) He made it his own and us the consumer can either love and enjoy it or not. The choice is up to you. No need to cuss each other out and be so negative, after all it is fantasy. It is the silver screen; a place were we go because we choose to of our own volition to be entertained. If you like a gritty dark batman film, with ample character development, great acting, awesome special effects, and a wonderful twisting thrill ride of a plot, then I have a feeling you will love TDKR. I give it an A+ (But thats just me) If you think that it’s not worth that; you are entitled to speak your mind. Is it really necessary to argue like children though?

  • yoeJ_yrneH

    I have more respect for Christopher Nolan’s decision NOT to try & explain the Joker’s absence in film & especially for NOT recasting the iconic role (Semi-Side Note: Also with the way Nolan publicly & immediately addressed the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado was a class act, too).

    HOW DO YOU TOP THE JOKER’S PORTRAYAL IN “THE DARK KNIGHT”? By going 180 degrees opposite in direction.

    While the Joker was an anarchist, a psychological terrorist, hellbent on random chaos & internal destruction, Bane was a flat-out pure terrorist, calculating, deliberate & absolutely PHYSICAL.

    I am impressed with how Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy challenges The Caped Crusader in 3 profoundly different ways: FEAR (via Scarecrow’s & Henry DuCard/Ra’s Al Guhl’s fear toxin & mentor/trainer’s doubt), CHAOS (Joker’s psychological warfare & philosophical take on anarchy) & PAIN (Bane’s Über-Physical imposition on an 8 years rusty Batman).

    To sum up the following paragraph in one word: BRILLIANT.

  • Sean

    Although there are a lot of valid criticisms to be made about The Dark Knight Rises (using the wrong means of exposition for Bane’s background, confusion about Selina Kyle’s role, muddled portrayals of what was actually occurring with Bane’s plan, etc.), I take issue with the central premise of Goldberg’s review: not enough of a Batman story.

    The Dark Knight Rises feels more like the sequel to Batman begins than The Dark Knight does, which feels more like a standalone film. Unlike in The Dark Knight, Rises provides the full culmination of the Bruce Wayne story. Batman was the monster created by Bruce Wayne’s pain. Bane (and R’as) is the mirror image of that monster. In the culmination of the story, Bruce rises again from the darkness, to overcome not only Bane but Batman as well.

  • Richard

    I agree with the review. The robin bit at the end annoyed me. The nuke annoyed me – where was the tsunami and the fallout? The police charging in the street annoyed me! YOU HAVE GUNS GO USE THEM.

  • wacko3205

    Okay…saw it again today…& I just cant get on with ANY of this review whatsoever.

    I swear it almost comes across as a \"smear campaign\", although I am sure that its not. What keeps me coming back & falling for it is hard for me to nail down…but I’m going to see it again Tuesday with some of the bros.

    Trying to pin it down though….Selina Kyle is just too damned incredible and if I’ve said it again I’ll say it a thousand times: BANE was just intense as all get out. Loved his back-story and the other villains of the prison that went along with him.

    If I could’ve walked undetected from one theatre to the other tonight…I’d have seen it again tonight…but everyone one was on high alert. In that case, I came home and watched the other two (Begins & TDK) & I just can’t get over what Nolan & Bale & Company have done with the mockery of what Batz had become.

    This was groundbreaking stuff folks & love it or hate it…I hope the next interpretations don’t crap all over Nolan’s work.

  • james

    Dear Matt Goldberg,

    You have no business writing for this site. 95% of it’s readers hate you. 5% are just being rebels. Please find the nearest window and jump.

    Thank You

    • terry

      Ouch! Seems like the little fanboy got his feelings hurt.
      The movie was garbage. A flawed piece of cow sh**!
      If the New York post had a bullet list of all the holes in this movie Nolan would jump out a building and kill himself.
      TDKR was an insult to intelligence and you sheepy ass fanboys are nothing but puppets on marionette strings.

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  • Brandon Avery

    Horrible Review!!!

    • Nick van der Leek

      right on – missed the mark on just about everything.

  • Rickytariq

    I agree with some of the things Goldberg said, but I honestly think he\’s overthinking the movie. TDKR was a hell of a good time at the theatres and it was honestly in my opinion the best Batman movie there ever was, and ever will be. It may not be 100 percent accurate to the comics but that\’s because this is of course Christopher Nolan\’s version of TDK. The movie was Phenomonal!!! Simple as that.

  • mucho12

    Reading through some of these comments it seems people are comparing the dark knight rises to what their memory of the dark knight is, as opposed to what it actually is, its like your favorite band, if your heard music from a new band for the first time, you would never think it was as good as your favorite band no matter if it actually was or not, especially after only hearing it once, youd say yea they were good, but not as good as my favorite band not even close, its just natural, same thing happens with peoples favorite athletes, no one ever admits a new athlete can be better than their favorite athlete from the past, and if they do it takes time, im guilty of the same thing, so as of now i think the dark knight is better than dark knight rises, but i have to give it time to settle first and see it again before i can truly decide. but some of the comments accuse dark knight rises of things, and make it seem like the dark knight didnt have the same issues, i dont even want to do this because the dark knight is my favorite movie all time, but it had the same flaws, some poeple are saying there are too many convenient plot holes in the dark knight rises, ok how about in the dark knight, during the truck chase, the truck is being followed by a helicopter and the joker has two guys on the side of skyscrapers shoot wires across them to tangle up the helicopter, how would they ever know the exact height the helicopter was going to be at? they wouldnt but its a movie, how about at the end of dark knight when citizens and jail members are stuck on two boats, if gotham is as bad as they say it is, pure scum of a city, people are corrupt, worst criminals ever, your telling me there isn’t one group of criminals who would try to fight to get that remote, or some citizens who would pull that trigger, if gotham is filled with the kind of people they say it is, but you just accept it cuz it’s a movie, or how the jokers men could lace an entire hospital that runs 24 hours a day with endless amounts of explosives without people noticing? It’s a hospital not an empty warehouse, but u just accept it cuz it’s a movie, or when bruce wayne drives his Lamborghini in between the truck that was going to ram into car carrying simon reese or whatever his name was that was going to give away the identity of batman, but bruce wayne got there right in the nick of time! Seems a little ridiculous in terms of timing and coincidence, but its just a movie so u accept it…I could go on and on,

    or another time batman just happens to show up in the dark knight, when Harvey kidnaps the mental patient dressed as a cop, and drives him to the middle of nowhere to threaten him, batman somehow finds them in time to catch the coin before it lands for harveys second flip? And how the hell did he even know where they were? But it’s a movie and you accept it

    people bitched about how fast two face could turn into this horrible villain, the joker killed his girlfriend, walks into his hospital room, Harvey wants to kill him, but then one little speech and harveys like eureka your right, yes, I agree with u joker, guy who just killed my girlfriend, you have completely changed my value system, no no I don’t need to think about it, I don’t have to kill u anymore, its all chance if u live or die no big deal, these are all things people complained about with the dark knight, but somehow forgot about when comparing it to dark knight rises?

    Some other guy said something like, how could batman survive a stab to the side like that, ok how could Harvey dent get half his face blown off, his eye is hanging out unrealistically and he can look around no problem, they state that he took no pain killing drugs but he can talk fine even though you see the individual muscles in his mouth hanging out, no problem talking, doesn’t appear in pain, ridiculously unrealistic, but it’s a movie so u accept it.

    People are comparing the dark knight rises, to what their general memory of the dark knight is, as opposed to what it is, I remember the dark knight coming out, and people bitching about all these things too, at the end of the day, the dark knight had heath ledger, and he won an oscar for it, you werent gonna touch that from a villain standpoint, the joker is the ultimate batman villain, regardless of heath ledgers performance, the joker is already the ultimate villain, then on top of that u had the ultimate performance, that aspect wasn’t going to be topped, so they escalated the movie in other ways, the gap between the two movies is not nearly as great as a few people make it out to be

  • DES

    Why all the Goldberg haters are not, will never, ever be in the Motion Picture Academy? Because they are not and will never be filmmakers of any stature or ability.

    Even the Academy members were non-chalant about this picture. And these guys are the authority in movie making and rewarding. Everybody who doesn’t agree with Goldberg, it’s time to close shop. Period.

    Here is what Academy members said after their private screening:( source HWR)

    “However, another longtime Academy member, who regularly attends the Saturday night screenings, said there was only sporadic applause, that Academy members are very vocal when they like a movie, and they tend to give pictures that are going to get a lot of Oscar love a big ovation.

    The Academy member said what he heard in the halls and elevator was that “people were kind of disappointed. It wasn’t because of (Colorado). I just don’t think that this picture will get any nominations (beyond technical nods).”

    “There was nothing remarkable about the acting,” says a female Academy member who regularly attends the Academy screenings. “I don’t think it can be nominated as best picture.”

  • shweta dhamija

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  • Goldberg Sucks

    I actually believe Goldberg should be tortured by Bane for this review

  • terry

    You fan boys are ridiculous. The movie was bull****!
    How many holes can a movie have? This one had zillions!!!!
    Nolan made things happen just to move the his narrative. Like when Brice shows up after that BS ass time in the jail. He meets CW, clean shaven and smiling. How did he get back to Gotham? Pah lease!
    And CW knew how to ride his bat bike and use the weapons and just so happened to shoot bane(without blowing his head off. Huh) at the right time as if she knew where he was.
    Don’t be a sheep. The movie was crap. The batwing was pathetic. ‘Ann Hathaway as I knew it f*** it all up. Corny performance, can’t fight worth sh**.
    This movie make Nolan look like a damn hack!!!!
    All you suckers that loved this movie belong in the sam boat.

  • RJ

    hes a function?

    what the fuck does that mean? Dude as a critic you are out of touch, and terrible. lol You get paid to write reviews? Movie was amazing you contradict yourself a lot in this piece because you give the movie a lot of credit ( not being bored, hathaway etc.) then you end it with some bullshit line about a function? the movies not a c. Period. you just don\\\’t like it or want to give it credit. Time will tell though and shit on your head…i can\\\’t believe a badass movie site has an out of touch duche like you reviewing movies…quit! or fire his ass

  • Nick van der Leek

    Crap review. Leave your expectations at home when you go and watch a film.

  • BUCK

    I thought this was the perfect ending to the trilogy, I’m done attacking this Goldberg guy as far as reviews go this dude never seems to enjoy himself at the movies; so rather than attack i will just not read his reviews anymore. This will be the last, goodbye Mr. Goldberg cant say it was a pleasure…

  • BUCK

    I thought this was the perfect ending to the trilogy, I\’m done attacking this Goldberg guy as far as reviews go this dude never seems to enjoy himself at the movies; so rather than attack i will just not read his reviews anymore. This will be the last, goodbye Mr. Goldberg cant say it was a pleasure…

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