Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 100
    A great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like "Metropolis" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It is as cool and distant as the planet the Strangers come from. But, Lord, is Dark City a wonder to see. [2 March 1998]
  3. 100
    If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
  5. 90
    Obliged to go from lost soul to demigod, Sewell's performance is as fascinating as Proyas's mystical vision.
  6. 90
    Full of provocative concepts, but, like most films that attack such metaphysical concerns head-on, things have become a tad too jumbled by the end to be altogether satisfying. It's a problem built into the subject matter...This all said, Dark City is immensely entertaining, as well as visually dazzling.
  7. 88
    Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen...Visually, this film isn't just impressive, it's a tour de force.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    great sc-fi film, really interesting. the plot isnt too complex, and they tell you wants happening. the acting is good, although i didnt like Kiefer Sutherland character at first but he grew on me. (spoiler ahead) [[a nice twist, that i wasnt expecting.]] i highly recommend it, can think of anything wrong with. Full Review »
  2. Jun 26, 2014
    Dark City has a great mystery to unravel and impressive special effects. Alex Proyas created a classic comic book movie with The Crow in 1994 and Dark City is among his best work. The movie has strangers who control the citizens of the city, there is no sun and the main character is trying to remember who he is because he has amnesia. Only one person can stop the beings that rule the city and his name is John Murdoch. Overall a very unique movie with wonderful acting and directing. Full Review »
  3. Jun 15, 2014
    *Dark city will take you on a very weird ride...*

    I've seen this film several times now and the same conclusion arises at the end "Odd".
    The story itself is very good and you are never really sure where its going next, set in a dark, gothic metropolis city it is sure to have your skin crawl at the depressing atmosphere. It certainty takes more than a sprinkling of 1920/30 detective films with it, although that where the similarity's end.

    But that is not a negative, you will find this film quite indulgent always wanting to see where the next turn takes you. Have I mentioned this is a dark, gothic film already? Yes, well I thought I better mention it again as you will need the curtains drawn to watch this film.

    The characters are played well with the villains making you feel less than comfortable. A worth while gothic adventure for them lonely nights.
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