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  • Summary: Alex Proyas directs this futuristic thriller about a man (Sewell) waking up to find he is wanted for brutal murders he doesn't remember. Haunted by mysterious beings who stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the riddle of his identity. [New Line]
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. 100
    If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.
  3. 90
    Obliged to go from lost soul to demigod, Sewell's performance is as fascinating as Proyas's mystical vision.
  4. It's full of visual flash, and can be enjoyed as a giddy ride, but you would waste your time trying to puzzle out the nuances of the story.
  5. 60
    It's all about the amazing look, cobbled together from an astonishingly evocative range of sources: "Nosferatu" and "Mad Love," "Brazil" and "Metropolis," a haunted mosaic of bits and pieces of movie memories.
  6. 60
    [Proyas] hasn't yet learned how to enliven his characters as fully as his sets. Part of this is structural (somnolence is built into the script), but the greater fault lies with Proyas' direction of his performers, most of whom deliver their lines in a strangulated whisper.
  7. 20
    One reason this production-design vehicle is so incredibly boring is that the characters keep having to explain the plot to one another.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. johne.
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    Fantastic visuals that still look good even compared to todays standards. I Have no complaints it is what it is, a piece of good inspired Fantastic visuals that still look good even compared to todays standards. I Have no complaints it is what it is, a piece of good inspired artwork. What more could you want? Expand
  2. Jan 14, 2012
    10
    great sc-fi film, really interesting. the plot isnt too complex, and they tell you wants happening. the acting is good, although i didnt likegreat 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. Expand
  3. JamesK.
    Jul 15, 2009
    9
    It was entertaining and deep, it also looks utterly superb.
  4. Aug 30, 2013
    9
    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
  5. EnderW
    Jan 26, 2008
    8
    Great movie. Two of my biggest gripes about the movie are supposedly going to be fixed in the director's cut (which should hopefully be Great movie. Two of my biggest gripes about the movie are supposedly going to be fixed in the director's cut (which should hopefully be released soon): - The unnecessary intro at the beginning which ruins the plot. - The shallow exploration of many of the ideas in the movie (Proyas stated that the director's cut adds a good 10-20 minutes of extra scenes that further develop and explore the plot and story). Expand
  6. Mar 15, 2013
    8
    I love this movie. Unique and interestingly presented. The plot does get a little to complicated and rushed at times, but that aside it'sI love this movie. Unique and interestingly presented. The plot does get a little to complicated and rushed at times, but that aside it's still a great movie. To be honest it feels like it should have been longer and that they really cut it down. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2012
    5
    Although some of the thematic elements are pretty intriguing, "Dark City" is significantly held down by its rather silly stylistic elementsAlthough some of the thematic elements are pretty intriguing, "Dark City" is significantly held down by its rather silly stylistic elements and some hit or miss writing. Expand

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