It’s not every day that a movie earns a 97%* rating (* keeps fluctuating) on the world’s most second most popular movie review site.
Yes, the early reviews for The Dark Knight Rises are out on Rotten Tomatoes.
And they’re mostly gushing, overflowing with praise.
Unless a meteor strikes the planet between now and Friday, The Dark Knight Rises will likely be the biggest grosser of 2012.
Here are excerpts from a few reviews for The Dark Knight Rises:
* Wall Street Journal
It’s hardly news, but worth repeating, that the filmmaker and his production teammates do breathtaking work: they’re headed by the cinematographer Wally Pfister and the production designers Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh. And it goes without saying that the staggering commercial success of the previous two films will be matched or exceeded by this one….”The Dark Knight Rises” is notable for many things—thrilling chases, supercool vehicles, majestic vistas, an epic scale that hasn’t been achieved since “The Lord of the Rings,” a redemptive climax that brings an end, more or less, to a complex saga. The most stunning thing about the film, though—and this is said not by way of praise, but with anxious wonderment—is how depressing and truly doomy most of it is.
* Rolling Stone
The sheer scope of Nolan’s vision – with emotion and spectacle thundering across the screen – is staggering. The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
* Hollywood Reporter
Big-time Hollywood filmmaking at its most massively accomplished, this last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan’s trio, even if it lacks — how could it not? — an element as unique as Heath Ledger’s immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It’s a blockbuster by any standard.
* Daily Mirror UK
Bleak, black and brilliant.
Now for a critical review:
* Associated Press
“The Dark Knight Rises” is plot-heavy, obsessed with process, laden with expository dialogue and flashbacks that bog down the momentum and _ dare I say it? _ just flat-out boring at times….Nolan’s approach is so coldly cerebral that it’s a detriment to the film’s emotional core. It’s all doom and gloom and no heart. There is no reason to care about these characters, who function more as cogs in an elaborate, chaotic machine than as real people whose souls are at stake.