The critics say ...
... it should inspire us.
"Nolan and his dynamic cast and crew have delivered a movie that recasts daily tensions on an epic pop-culture scale. Still, the finale's nudge is unmistakable: Go out from your muliplex cocoon, leave your IMAX cave and a be prepared to be a hero," writes The Denver Post's Lisa Kennedy.
... it echoes our society's woes.
"It's an old, familiar tale that Mr. Nolan, in between juggling the cool bat toys, demure kisses, hard punches and loud bangs, has layered with open and barely veiled references to terrorism, the surveillance state and vengeance as a moral imperative," writes the New York Times' Manola Dargis.
... it's dark.
"... (T)he fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" might be the bleakest, most despairing superhero film ever made. It uses a wholly terrifying villain to emphasize the physical vulnerability of a hero we sometimes forget is no more than human," writes The Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan.
"This is a dark and heavy film; it tests the weight a superhero movie can bear. That Nolan is able to combine civil anarchy, mass destruction and a Batcycle with exercise-ball tires is remarkable," writes Roger Ebert.
... it falls flat.
(I)n the final installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy, the antecedent is the financial crisis, a much more muddled and less dramatic ongoing event. And it makes for a much more muddled and less dramatic movie ... that goes on and on and on," writes The San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle
... is a grand finale
"But 'The Dark Knight Rises' is a satisfyingly grand finale to this series...," writes Newsday's Rafer Guzman
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