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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%
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  • 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

4 stars

"Darkman" is a good action movie and features a great performance from Liam Neeson. Scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) and his partner are trying to create an antidote in the form of recreated skin from a model, for people with damaged skin, such as burns or scars. Some criminals kill Peyton's partner and blow up the whole lab, and Peyton gets injured so severely that everybody thinks he is dead, even his girlfriend, Julie (Frances McDormand). Peyton will do anything he can to get his hands on the criminals that destroyed his life and made him into this unknown madman. "Darkman" has some great special effects, a good plot, and best of all, great acting. After he's injured, Peyton becomes a totally different person by developing a flaming temper. Liam Neeson does so good of a job that it will make you wonder who the real criminal is, Peyton or the men that destroyed everything he had. "Darkman" is like many kinds of movies wrapped into one. It's mainly an action movie, but it has both sci-fi and horror characteristics involved in parts. If you like great action movies, I would recommend getting "Darkman." The two sequels to the movie are also good, but this one is the best. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000 - loved this movie from the first time I saw it and still a good watch from time to time! Should be more popular.

- stormyweather980, Saturday, August 15, 2009

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

4 stars

A classic revenge story that features some awesome Liam Neeson overacting. I think Darkman is an extremely interesting character. It sure does pack some awesome B-movie style punches due to Sam Raimi's great direction. The Bruce Campbell cameo is just the icing on the cake. Letter Grade: A-

- drcamyo, Thursday, June 7, 2012