It hasn't thrilled critics as much as "The Dark Knight," but one thing's for sure -- more liked "The Dark Knight Rises" than they did the new "The Amazing Spider-Man" film.
The final film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy has earned an 87 percent approval rating from more than 220 critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes. That puts nearly 200 critics liking the film, and about 30 who didn't.
So what say those who were not thrilled with this final film?
"'The Dark Knight Rises' ... makes 'The Dark Knight' look like 'Dora the Explorer,' and is more of a 164-minute anxiety disorder than a movie," said Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune. "Nolan, I think, fell a little too in love with Bane, even though he sidelines him for much of the movie.
"The worst comes just after we hear a sweet little preteen boy delivering the national anthem, when Nolan cuts the realistic sound altogether and shows us just how far Bane's team (and the filmmakers themselves) will go to impress us. The effects are excellent. The effect is numbing."
Those were sentiments shared by CNN's Tom Charity.
"Nolan bites off more than even he can chew in the movie's wildly overambitious and borderline nonsensical third act," Charity said. "He's always been adept at structure, so it's dismaying how often Nolan falls back on crude parallel editing and flashbacks, how loosely he plays with space and time in a climax that rings more than a little hollow in its efforts to circle back to 'Batman Begins.'"
But for every negative review out there, "The Dark Knight Rises" received at least seven positive ones, including this from NPR's Bob Mondello.
"As you might expect from the creator of 'Inception' and "Memento,' there are surprises both in the story and in the storytelling," Mondello said. "But the biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he'd extend to a 10-part series, at least."
"Nolan and his dynamic cast and crew have delivered a movie that recasts daily tensions on an epic pop-culture scale," said Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post. "Still, the finale's nudge is unmistakable: Get out from your multiplex cocoon, leave your IMAX cave and be prepared to be a hero."
"The Dark Knight Rises" was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, all based on the Batman comic created by Bob Kane. It was directed by Christopher Nolan.
It stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine. It opens in theaters everywhere July 20.
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