First Negative Review For ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ Hits The Web

First Negative Review For ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ Hits The Web

The inevitable first negative review for 'The Dark Knight Rises' has arrived courtesy of Marshall Fine of 'Hollywood & Fine'...

Amid almost universal praise from critics, Marshall Fine of Hollywood & Fine has produced the inevitable first negative review for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, a review that slams the film’s 'over-use' use of action, citing a lack of ‘adventure’ and a script that fails to impress.

Whilst many of us will have to wait a few more days before we can definitively argue against or perhaps even support Fine’s almost scathing review, other critics have labelled the trilogy’s finale as an ‘epic’ 'masterpiece'.

Only after a what can only be described as an overly harsh evaluation of the intellect of society's youth and a critical analysis of the movies villain Bane, does Fine finally compliment an element of the film in the form of Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

Fine is known by some for being one of the few critics to dislike 2008's 'The Dark Knight', his reasoning being that there were too many characters involved and therefore too many stories being told simultaneously.

In his review there is however praise given for the first film in the trilogy, 'Batman Begins', a movie that has somewhat slipped under many people’s radars since the overwhelming success of its sequel.

The question will be whether this review - harsh as it may be - is simply publicity-seeking journalism at its best, by a man who labels his own site as 'Movies for Smart People', or, simply one critic's honest opinion?

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RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/16/2012, 9:25 AM
Anybody who is pretentious enough to call his site "Movies for Smart People" doesn't deserve our attention. Plus he didn't like Batman Begins or TDK so it's no surprise he didn't like this. That guy is the type of person who thinks Terrence esque movies are the only ones that are worth a damn.
PaulRom - 7/16/2012, 9:29 AM
What RidiculousFanBoyDemands says.
Yendor - 7/16/2012, 9:30 AM
One critic's opinion my ass! He equated Christopher Nolan to Michael-freakin'-Bay essentially! This coming from a man you praised Men in Black 3 for its capacity for story and action! What a jackass. I really do hope he doesn't consider himself a valid and relevant film critic.
zware - 7/16/2012, 9:48 AM
Horrible review guy just hates comic book film, disliked Avengers. Only comic book film he "liked" was Thor 2.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/16/2012, 9:50 AM
Seriously, he was going to hate this movie regardless. Here is what he had to say about TDK during Oscar season 2009. I think he became butt hurt from people bashing his credibility over not liking TDK. He is entitled to his opinion, but he was going in with a bias to begin with.

OK, so it’s been a week since the Academy Award nominations were released – a week since the wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments began over the supposedly egregious snub of “The Dark Knight” from the major (read: non-technical) awards, with the exception of Heath Ledger’s nomination.

What – no best picture? No best director?

Really? How about most super-duper movie ever in the history of undiscriminating fanboys?

Talk about misplaced outrage. Better that energy went to questioning the way the Oscar snubbed Sally Hawkins, or “Gomorra” as best foreign film.

Perhaps people could apply that effort instead toward a campaign to convince Mickey Rourke to stop even joking about participating in Wrestlemania. (I have four words for Mickey Rourke regarding how to blow his comeback after “The Wrestler”: Burt Reynolds. “Boogie Nights.”)

So let me put this is as simply as possible:

“The Dark Knight” was not a great movie. It was only half a good movie.

It was not as good as “Batman Begins.”

It was not as consistently entertaining as “Iron Man.”

There’s a solid 90-minute movie buried within the 150-minute slog that is “The Dark Knight.” And even that wouldn’t have been worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Personally, I’m still trying to figure out why so many people got so worked up about this bloated, self-important movie. It kind of blew, in the same way that “Spider-man 3” kind of blew.

Sure, it was dark and broody. And then, for a change of pace, it was darker and broodier.

“The Dark Knight” had more prelims than a Don King undercard. You had to sit through Batman slugging it out with what seemed like dozens of faceless, generic henchmen before he actually worked his way to the Joker. It was as if Batman tried to cut in line to buy Springsteen tickets – and then had to take on everyone else in the line – before confronting the Boss himself.

Also: If you want to make a movie about Two-Face, go ahead and make one. But don’t graft it on to the Batman-Joker movie, like some weird Ray Milland/Roosevelt Grier clone. By the time Aaron Eckhart was burned into a special-effects nightmare worthy of early Sam Raimi, you mostly wished he’d just die and shut up. Or spin off to his own movie.

Too much of this over-earnest outing was devoted to convincing people to take it seriously. It practically screamed, “This is literature! This is art, by God!”

Meanwhile, writer-director Christopher Nolan left out a couple of key elements: fun, for one. Excitement, for another.

And by the way: If I wanted to listen to Nolan’s dissertation on the nature of heroism in modern society, I would have gone to grad school with him.

End of sermon.

Now let’s unite behind a cause that is crucial to our survival as a species: stopping Steve Martin from ever making another Inspector Clouseau movi
Tajin88 - 7/16/2012, 9:53 AM
Like I said before, critics are critics LOL!
This movie is like a unstoppable force, but this so called review is indeed an movable object.

BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/16/2012, 9:54 AM
The oscars are totally unfair, there is no way Hitchcock should have died without an oscar. The academy composes off actors who try to promote their own yet CHristopher Plummer had to wait 80 years for an oscar, bias I say.

In all fairness the academy should compose of retired actors, producers, directors and writers not people like Anne Hathway, people like Sidney Poitier, Peter O' Toole, Bill Cosby, etc.

The Dark Knight Rises will rock
DraculaX - 7/16/2012, 9:55 AM
Movies for Smart people? HA!
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 9:55 AM
The guy is getting murdered on RT lol

People are calling him "worse than Leonard Maltin" and an "attention whore"

Every movie has a critic that doesn't like it...
For example:
"The overlong, stale experience barely raises a fast pulse, as the movie quickly stumbles into a standard film structure and doesn't even try to break free."

"Every now and then, director Joss Whedon executes a quirky camera set-up to assert that the film was created by him and not a team of marketing executives."
-Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
JordanKing - 7/16/2012, 9:55 AM
"At times, the action is so massive and thunderously clunky that I might as well have been watching one of the Transformers movies."

The dude just signed his death warrant as far as some fans are concerned.
DraculaX - 7/16/2012, 9:57 AM
@RFBD He said it blew like Spider-Man 3?

Yeah, he doesn't deserved our attention. Not that it his review will matter with all the praise TDKR has been getting.
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:02 AM
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:
Potent and provocative, The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
Tajin88 - 7/16/2012, 10:02 AM
As soon as BANE finds him, he will ask that guy, what he should break first... His soul or his body... It definitely will be his back LOL!

AutobotCommander84 - 7/16/2012, 10:03 AM
I have to agree with him on The Dark Knight in some parts of his review, but I have to see TDKR for myself.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/16/2012, 10:05 AM

No, people are entitled to their opinion but this guy went in with an obvious bias. He just wanted to get under people's skin which is why he compared it to Transformers (I actually liked the first and third one). If you want to piss off a fanboy compare a movie they like to Transformers.
0ptimusCrime - 7/16/2012, 10:06 AM
Guys, just ignore it.
i ignored all of the bad reviews of members of CBM and critics for Spider-man, and i loved it.

[frick] them!
0ptimusCrime - 7/16/2012, 10:08 AM
edit: you guys will love tdkr, and thats all that matters.

if you hate something, dont spend time on it.
LMB10 - 7/16/2012, 10:09 AM
There's been afew other negative reviews as well, but none that outright say it's a bad film.
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:12 AM
96% RT ;)
jumpingtheshark - 7/16/2012, 10:15 AM
This guy gave both The Amazing Spider-man and The Avengers positive reviews, so he doesn't not like CBMs. I think he just hates Christopher Nolan's vision of Batman. He liked Batman Begins but hated TDK. I am no surprised he was the first asshat to do this Not at all. Considering he was one of the more vocal critics against TDK's cinematic greatness.
jessepostal - 7/16/2012, 10:17 AM
Another reason to never listen to critics. If your interested in a movie go see it. People's views on movies are always going to be different. You have your own taste, use it.
Jollem - 7/16/2012, 10:18 AM
there are rabid, aggressive, and defensive fans of ALL kinds of things

the person who gave a bad review of the avengers almost got shot in the face and beaten after being well dead if i'm not mistaken
LoudNoises - 7/16/2012, 10:21 AM
Everyone probably remembers how bad that one female critic got hit when she wrote a poor review about the Avengers. She was probably a prime candidate for the witness protection program, lol. This guy knows he throwing fuel on the fire. I'm sure he is perfectly aware the kind of feed back he is in store for. Not that I think it's right by any means. Let him have his opinion. But if it's attention he wants, it's attention he will get, lol.
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:26 AM
TIME Magazine just put up their review
"For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter -- a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement."
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 7/16/2012, 10:28 AM
Huh, I figured this would be the place for the trolls that perpetually bashed this movie would gather. Not really seeing much.
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:30 AM
Bro there is only ONE negative review so far, and it's criticizing the amount of action in TDKR:P
Jollem - 7/16/2012, 10:31 AM
@vegakingblade - yeah, kooky peoples everywhere. it's fun :)
Matfin93 - 7/16/2012, 10:32 AM
He's doing it for a publicity stunt, so people view his shitty little website!
TayDee - 7/16/2012, 10:32 AM
It seems like this and the avengers will have the same rating on rottentomatoes.
Tajin88 - 7/16/2012, 10:33 AM
@Supes17 "Bro there is only ONE negative review so far, and it's criticizing the amount of action in TDKR:P"

Thats why, I am crying and laughing at the same time LOL!

Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:42 AM
@Tajin88: Can you get on the chat room? I have to ask you a question about the film that has been bugging me but I don't want anyone to be spoiled
INSTANTJUSTICE - 7/16/2012, 10:45 AM
The Dark Knight, while a good film, is far from perfect; he's not totally wrong. It's a rather bloated film and the separate strands don't come together very well.
Tajin88 - 7/16/2012, 10:45 AM
@Supes17: I would, but dont know where that chat room is... You have to guide me LOL!
Tajin88 - 7/16/2012, 10:48 AM
@Supes17: OK Im now in the chatroom, I think :)
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:49 AM
CaptainObvious - 7/16/2012, 10:49 AM
@RidiculousFanBoyDemands- That whole sermon wasn't The Dark Knight Review. That was a bill for health care.
Supes17 - 7/16/2012, 10:50 AM
Alright Im on
AnditsOn1 - 7/16/2012, 11:17 AM
Well, you cannot win them all. But, seriously? We all know at least this movie won't disappoint.
Altair - 7/16/2012, 11:26 AM
Yeah he's pretty stupid.
themann11 - 7/16/2012, 11:47 AM
Oh well you can't please everybody...anyway's I got my popcorn and hotdogs all ready to go...LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
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