Parents' Guide to

The Dark Knight Rises

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bale's final Batman is as gritty and dark as the first two.

Movie PG-13 2012 164 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 43 parent reviews

age 14+

Lots of action and crime.

If you watch this movie watch out for some bloody shootouts and crime. Plus some bad language.
age 11+

Good for kids 11 and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (43 ):
Kids say (247 ):

With their Batman trilogy, Nolan and Bale have revolutionized superhero films from colorful action adventures that even young kids can appreciate to serious meditations on justice and power. The franchise's loyal fans won't be disappointed with this immensely satisfying conclusion to Nolan's epic trilogy. Injured and relatively out of shape, Batman is physically no match for the huge and menacing Bane. With his Hannibal Lecter-meets-Darth Vader mask and his overpowering physique, Hardy is completely disguised as the amoral assassin, but even rendered unrecognizable, the acclaimed British actor gives a masterful performance in villainy.

Bale's always thoughtfully nuanced portrayal is complemented by the addition of two breakout performances: Gordon-Levitt -- whose character is an ordinary cop with an extraordinary bravery that's pivotal to the story -- and Hathaway, whose Selina Kyle steals the show with her whip-smart humor and crackling chemistry with Batman. The banter between Bale and Hathaway (who seems to be having a ball in full vixen mode) provides much-needed relief from the story's otherwise overpoweringly grim nature. Visually stunning, incredibly acted, and unyieldingly intense, The Dark Knight Rises is one of the rare movies for which the huge budget, super-sized runtime (almost three hours), and undying ardor of fans are well deserved.

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