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Darkman

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


On a quest for revenge, the anti-hero known as Darkman (Liam Neeson) assumes alternate identities to fight his foes in this fast-paced action thriller from director Sam Raimi (Spiderman).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    58%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    82%
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  • Audience

    58%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Darkman remains a powerful picture, isolating a pitch of superhero sadness while amplifying the rest with a comforting church-bell clang of violence. A sly Bruce Campbell cameo is merely icing on the cake.

- Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A wild and fun ride from Sam Raimi.

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The wild pulp adventure that prefigured Raimi's eventual direction of the Spider-Man franchise...If you've a taste for Hollywood-funded outr, Darkman is one of those rare films that fits the bill. Blu-ray]

- Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews, Thursday, July 8, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A scientist hideously disfigured during an attack on his lab utilises the synthetic skin he was working on to wreak bloody vengeance on the criminals responsible. Batman meets The Phantom Of The Opera in this superhero-horror hybrid from Sam Raimi that can be seen as the stepping stone from Evil Dead 2 to Spider Man. This is clearly where he learned the ropes of making the modern superhero film and although lacking the slickness exhibited by the Marvel franchise, Darkman still has plenty to commend it. It has a rather blacker heart than the usual masked avenger movie, Raimi exploring the idea of a "hero" that is more borderline psychotic than a brooding loner and far more interested in pure revenge than justice. It's a little rough around the edges and Liam Neeson was a slightly odd casting choice but it has a lot of Raimi's trademark B-Movie flourishes and although less humorous than a lot of his other projects, still has some real laugh out loud moments. I think more could've been made of the character and his state of mind but it cracks along at breakneck pace with come nice action set pieces and compared to its contemporaries (namely the Crow and Batman) it has dated rather well.

- garyX, Thursday, February 9, 2012

4 stars

Before Sam Raimi relaunched the surprisingly good Spider-Man for the big screen he dabbled with another comic book hero themed film in the form of Darkman - the story of an horrifically scarred scientist who reeks revenge on the gangsters responsible for his disfigurement. A sadly overlooked film that has all the typical ingredients to please fans of superhero films. It didn't quite have the budget of other movies of its type and some of the visual effects look a little dated, but Raimi's stylish trademarks are there throughout. The action sequences at the end are awesome too with the helicopter pursuit stealing the show for me. The Darkman make-up effects look brilliant and suitably horrific with Liam Neeson doing well with the character overall. Definitely worth a watch, thoroughly entertaining.

- WrenchLT, Thursday, December 15, 2011

2 stars

After being immolated in an explosion set by gangsters, a hideously burned scientist undergoes an experimental treatment that gives him super strength and fits of uncontrollable rage, and seeks revenge using a synthetic skin that allows him to mimic the facial features of anyone he chooses (and also changes his height, build and eye color). Completely preposterous and not meant to be taken seriously; the hammy acting by Liam Neeson is somewhat entertaining, but otherwise its full of action movie cliches that aren't funny enough to count as parodies.

- 366weirdmovies, Tuesday, December 22, 2009