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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Darkman is big, stupid and wonderful -- an absurd, grand-scale adventure and a vicious comedy rolled into one nasty, unpleasant, hard-to-resist mess. [24 Aug. 1990, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Cult director Sam Raimi has come a long way since giving us killer tree limbs in whichever (I've repressed it) Evil Dead pic had them. With good leads and a few bucks, he's come up with a high-octane revenge piece mentionable in the same breath as its predecessors. [24 Aug. 1990] show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The film works because Raimi's motor-rhythmed pop sensibility was ready to take off in this movie, and does, in a series of wonderfully hyperkinetic comic-strip lurches. [24 Aug. 1990, p.34] show more

  • 75
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    What no plot summary of Darkman can provide is how much director Raimi ("The Evil Dead") brings to the party. In addition to giving us a conflicted hero - more disturbed than Batman - Raimi fills every action sequence and even routine plot scenes with fresh images that reflect his Darkman's rage. [24 Aug. 1990] show more

  • 50
    Miami Herald

    There's just not much going on here once the plot finds its stride. It's goofy, and it's mean, but Darkman isn't nearly enough of either. [24 Aug. 1990, p.5] show more

  • 50
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There are lively, compelling scenes, particularly in the first hour - Raimi has an indubitable talent for camp mayhem - but the picture escalates into absurdity and the last half hour, essentially a chase sequence, is marred by suprisingly cheesy special effects. [24 Aug. 1990] show more

  • 80
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    Darkman is funny, but it’s no joke; it’s the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they’re timeless. show more

  • 40
    Ian Nathan Empire

    Certainly not Raimi at his best, but some knowing genre nods and an array of great effects make up much of the deficit. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Darkman is a thrillingly demented pop spectacular: a grade-B movie made by a grade-A lunatic. show more

  • 70
    Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times

    What many American movies do well these days -- action, violence, hell-for-leather street spectacle -- Darkman does better. That may be praise enough. [24 Aug. 1990, p.F10] show more

  • December 26, 2008 jeffdecristofaro
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    Dark, twisted, violent, melodramatic and a wonderful homage to 1930's and 40's pulp hero comics and serials. Sam Raimi's first superhero movie is far superior to his later SPIDER-MAN epics.

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