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Parents' Guide to

The Dark Knight

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.

Movie PG-13 2008 152 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 130 parent reviews

age 12+

Great Movie but Joker May Scare Kids

The movie is very violent and dark for a batman movie, more dark than the first one. Joker may scar kids, the things he does and says. It's clear that he doesn't care for really anything not any human life not even his own, he shoots his henchmen, mixes up his story about his scars (This was written in on purpose by Nolan), he laughs manically when he's killed, etc. He does a lot of things that kids might find scary but as long as they know this is a movie and cops and our protectors have a much better watch and control over these types of help might help them be more comfortable. It also is pretty violent, shootings, stabbings, explosions and more are a common theme. It has an overall dark tone as well and taps into deeper things that no batman or even superhero film has done before. So overall Joker is scary, it's violent, it's dark but it amazing.
age 10+

An excellent Batman film from Christopher Nolan

The dark knight is an excellent movie and probably the best movie in the series. I showed my 10 year old this film and he had no problem with anything. As for violence, there are frequent hand to hand fights and some guns and knifes. The joker may scare younger viewers and two face is a pretty disturbing villain. Frequent scenes of peril and some swearing. Nothing too sexual. Overall I would recommend this to 10+ and maybe some mature 9 year olds

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (130 ):
Kids say (697 ):

Big, bold, and bruising, this is a prime example of how a high-budget, high-profile comic-book sequel can still be an actual movie -- well-made, exciting, invested, and engaging. Yes, it's going to sell tickets and toys, but credit has to go to director/co-writer Christopher Nolan for making a strong, rich film that gives audiences plenty to talk about and mull over even after the initial adrenaline rush wears off. Like the other filmmakers who've tackled Batman in the modern age, Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, Nolan has an obvious enthusiasm for the character; unlike Burton and Schumacher, Nolan also has an obvious respect for the character's history, grounding the costumes and action with real character development and focused storytelling.

The actors are all excellent, as well; Ledger's work as The Joker is earning Oscar buzz, and that's not just post-mortem sympathy talking. His swaggering, unhinged take on the character makes for an unsettling, compelling interpretation. As Dent (who, as comic-book fans know, eventually becomes the scarred villain Two-Face), Eckhart also delivers a strong performance that goes much deeper than the special-effects makeup he winds up wearing. Bale's performance is also terrific, whether he's portraying Batman's driven crime-fighting exploits or the quieter moments of Bruce Wayne's struggles behind the mask. Supporting players Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Maggie Gyllenhaal also deliver in their smaller roles. The Dark Knight is two and a half hours long, but it never meanders or wastes time; instead, it's packed to the brim with action, ideas, well-drawn character moments, and surprisingly effective drama.

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