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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: A hideously scarred and mentally unstable scientist seeks revenge against the mobster who ruined his life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Mar 3, 2013
    88
    The film works because Raimi's motor-rhythmed pop sensibility was ready to take off in this movie, and does, in a series of wonderfully hyperkinetic comic-strip lurches. [24 Aug. 1990, p.34]
  2. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Mar 3, 2013
    83
    Raimi does everything extravagantly and swiftly in Darkman. Instead of deriving from a particular comic book, he seems to be creating one -- or creating a film series. Or a TV series. Or two of the three. [24 Aug. 1990, p.R11]
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Darkman is funny, but it’s no joke; it’s the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they’re timeless.
  4. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Mar 3, 2013
    70
    Darkman, as unnerving as a gargoyle, is a classic nightmare, elegant and sumptuous, everything "Batman" should have been. But we're numbed after a while, as we are by the grotesquerie of the nightly news. Then again, maybe that's Raimi's intention. His work is beautiful in its scary way, and never only skin deep.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Mar 3, 2013
    70
    What many American movies do well these days -- action, violence, hell-for-leather street spectacle -- Darkman does better. That may be praise enough. [24 Aug. 1990, p.F10]
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Mar 3, 2013
    60
    It's a fairly effective melodrama with an inventive visual design, swift pacing and convincing performances by Liam Neeson (as Westlake/Darkman), Frances McDormand (as Westlake's girlfriend) and Larry Drake (as the heavy). [24 Aug. 1990, p.4]
  7. Reviewed by: Hal Lipper
    Mar 3, 2013
    20
    Darkman is a spectacularly ill-conceived combination of Batman and The Phantom of the Opera. [24 Aug. 1990, p.6]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Darkman has an original story, cool actors, stunning action and many twists. Darkman was underrated when
    it was released but the movie is one
    of Raimi's most stylish movies. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Darkman is one of my favourite action thrillers that has a comic book appearance. The movie had
    innovative special effects unseen at the
    time. Sam Raimi went all out on Darkman and it clearly shows
    when you see the movie.
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  3. Aug 18, 2014
    10
    Darkman has unique action scenes that take on the appearance of cartoonish comic books. The acting
    is spot on and Liam Neeson and Frances
    Mcdormand give two of their best performances. Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2013
    9
    There may be some cheesy dialogue and scenes to be found here, but I found Darkman and extremely entertaining film. It has a great original plot and brings us back to some of the great old school films such as Phantom of the Opera. Sam Raimi perfectly incorporates his trade mark camera work and dark humour. Great film with some awesome action sequences that were way ahead of it's time. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    7
    This is an original superhero film that works on many levels, from its frantic action, hilarious dark humor, to Liam Neeson's fine performance as the hero. Darkman is a fun ride. Expand
  6. Mar 10, 2013
    5
    Darkman is over the top yet rather stern, simultaneously. While it would have been perfect as a comic, it doesn't work quite as well as a film. However, it is uncompromising and refuses to patronise its audience and must be commended for that. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2013
    4
    This movie had the potential to be a really dark movie with an interesting anti-hero, but the cheesy dialogs and cheaply made action sequences ruined it. Expand

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