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Universal acclaim- based on 80 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 76 out of 80
  2. Negative: 1 out of 80

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  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.
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    One of the best sci-fi films ever made. Intricate plot and well explained also, genius quality. Simply amazing movie with awesome visuals and great acting too.
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    A visually arresting, mysterious science-fiction "noir" detective story. As the plot develops, the viewer is confronted with questions about the very essence of humanity, and whether our world is really so real as we think. Very re-watchable!
  4. Jan 28, 2013
    The Atmosphere is incredible. The characters are out of this world.
    The storyline is OUT-WORLDLY! This review is going to sound like an 80's movie trailer isn't it? (Just kidding).
    If you're a fan of Hell-Raiser (or even film-noir) , you'd really enjoy this.
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It isn't one of those science fiction movies that can be overlooked. It has better effects than The Matrix yet no one gives it the same credit. The movie is extremely fast paced and gives you almost no chances to breathe. The plot can be very confusing but it is very well done. I find it one of the best. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. Dec 16, 2011
    I really enjoyed this film. The fact that it was free, on Netflix Canada, certainly helped as well. All the same, it was very well done. Apart from that, I don't know what else to say.
  8. Sep 16, 2014
    A mind-bending thriller with a great cast and a plot that is brilliant. An intriguing masterpiece all in all.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Proyas' movie lacks a truly rich or compelling story -- although the city secret is certainly a rich and compelling idea. All too often, Dark City seems a great production design in search of a movie, an ultimate modern film noir pastiche, in which the images are so strong they overpower the drama. [27 Feb 1998]
  2. Dark City grabs your eyeballs and squeezes.
  3. So relentlessly trippy in a fun-house sort of way that it could very easily inspire a daredevil cult of moviegoers who go back again and again to experience its mind-bending twists and turns. Although its story doesn't add up when you analyze it afterward, the movie does take you on a visually arresting ride that offers many unsettling surprises right up to a sentimental sunburst of an ending that has a paranoid undertone.