(1998)

Critic Reviews

66

Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
A great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like "Metropolis" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
88
ReelViews
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.
75
USA Today
Fascinating, visionary filmmaking. With its amber-tinged palette and its distinctively dystopian view of life, it may be the most unique-looking film we've seen in ages...[but] defies logic and makes frightening and unexpected leaps.
75
Chicago Tribune
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]
75
Christian Science Monitor
The story is dark and often violent, but it's told with a remarkable sense of visual energy and imagination.
63
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.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
An almost really good movie...risks leaving the viewer feeling like one of the bewildered automatons that move through the plots.
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.
60
Hurt and Sewell are both quite believable as their respective characters, while Sutherland's performance is lacking in more than a few catagories.
58
Entertainment Weekly
It's a little short on coherence and long on comic-book sensationalism -- dig the hokey, climactic Battle of the Minds between the hero and a cadaverous Mr. Big -- but there's no denying the nightmarish pull of the film's aesthetic.
50
Dark City grabs your eyeballs and squeezes.

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