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Fresh: Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
- Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek, Monday, April 28, 2008
Fresh: Was "The Matrix" before "The Matrix" was ever in the pop culture lexicon...
- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Fresh: Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000
A bit hack thematically, very digital, absolutely breakneck pacing visually and plotwise, dreamy illogical... kinda cool hyper-pastiche. Dick Tracy meets Kafka in the Matrix
- brooklynspo, Monday, July 9, 2007
A strange, weird Sci-Fi/horror. Not helped by a confusing plot that takes a while to unravel. Featuring a well known cast including the brilliant Ian Richardson who should be in more films and an early small role for Melissa George. It's ambitious and with the right budget could have been amazing. I kinda felt it was trying too hard to be a film ahead of its time. It's not until about half way through things start to make sense, until then the highlight was Melissa George stripping off. Could have been a classic but falls a bit short for me.
- Deano78, Saturday, October 2, 2010
Fantastic visual piece, but a bit weak in the story. Strange aliens with fantastic mental powers are dying of something (this something is never explained as far as i remember) and want to study the human soul. For all the potential interesting questions the film raises about the human mind, and human emotions it tosses them to end up the movie in a big nerd battle of mental powers. Weak lead actor, the aliens could had been better written, and Jennifer Connelly's character is just the token love interest. It's an engaging movie no doubt, but it cripples itself from being something better.
- DragonEyeMorrison, Saturday, April 3, 2010