The Avengers is kid stuff compared with this meditation on mortal loss and heroic frailty.
—Richard Corliss Time
Makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish.
—Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter
Rises may lack the surprise of Begins or the anarchy of Knight, but it makes up for that in pure emotion.
—Nev Pierce Empire
The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
The Dark Knight Rises may be a hammy, portentous affair but Nolan directs it with aplomb.
—Xan Brooks The Guardian
While it's the most ambitious of the three films, it's not as mesmerizing as 2008's The Dark Knight.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
It lacks the near-perfection of The Dark Knight, it needs more clarity and a better villain, but it's an honorable finale.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
A fine film in a strong summer, but it lacks the spark that made its immediate predecessor a masterpiece.
—Amy Nicholson Boxoffice Magazine
If you just give yourself over to Nolan's sweeping, symphonic Cowled Crusader saga, The Dark Knight Rises is, well, a blast.
—Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer