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613 Ratings


Directed by Sam Raimi
United States, 1990
Action, Horror, Thriller


A hideously scarred and mentally unstable scientist seeks revenge against the crooks who made him that way.

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Darkman Directed by Sam Raimi

Critics reviews

Raimi is possessed of one of the most leering and unsubtle camera styles in cinema. The film’s predominant visual pattern is a spiral, curling around a staring eyeball in close-up à la Psycho, or offering the view from the upright wheel that Westlake is mounted upon in hospital. It’s a vertiginous motif, anticipating the dizzy climax on the perilous gridwork of an under-construction skyscraper that’s rising over the city.
February 28, 2014
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Raimi approaches his film as a funhouse, which serves to refreshingly divorce the story of its potential for pretentiously weighty mythos while providing little else to fill the ensuing vacancy left in said weight’s absence. At its best, Darkman cheekily affirms that Raimi had yet to fully work through the hyper-kinetically parodic Loony Tunes jones that coursed through his Evil Dead 2.
February 11, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film Darkman

    I throw my hands up in conciliatory defeat. You win, Darkman: I remain a child. I can only swallow something like this when it gleefully (and knowingly) lays waste to any vestige of seriousness. How can a movie so stupid, made for a glut of stupid people, somehow be so smart (not serious) about it? That's the Raimi family recipe. William Castle would have loved it, but would presumably not have been in on the joke.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Darkman

    First time seeing the film since its release in 1990 and I found it underwhelming then and a relic now. Piss poor blue screen effects and logic gaps in the story nearly halt any enjoyment in Raimi's early studio film. Cast is under utilized with Larry Drake offering the only pleasure. Whatever happened to Colin Friels?

  • anarresti's rating of the film Darkman

    Visually interesting, this seems like a comic book character adaptation. And surprisingly, the comic books came after the movie. The dialogs and the scene intensity are not always up to the set up. But still there is a tragic quality about this character that has a classic touch. (Anti-)heros on revenge-mode are far from being new. But Watchmen stories (the deconstruction of it all) are rare. There's... one?

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Darkman

    Darkman is Raimi at his best. A master of the formal elements of genre, here using his inventiveness and perfect control of the tempo to create tension, enhance action scenes, and reflect upon the title character’s inner conflicts—his past, his humanity, and his descent into a man of many faces. It’s possible that after all these years, Darkman is still the best superhero film out there.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Darkman

    Raimi seems to approach his films from the point of view of a child, or a young film student filled with the burning passion for cinema and all its imperfections. "Darkman" is a great film, drawing from classical influences such as Leroux or even the Beauty and the Beast myth, he creates a fantastic film, simple and cocky.

  • Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Darkman

    A lurid, twitchy tribute to Steve Ditko's Question comics and the hate-driven pulp vigilantes of the '20s, '30s and '40s. If you like the source material as much as I do you'll find a lot to dig about this film.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Darkman

    A fun and zany pulp adventure filled with Raimi´s kinetic camera work and frantic pacing. The acting is a bit uneven due to some less than stellar dialogue but the script keeps things moving and the effect are kinda fun. The real star however is Elfman´s epic soundtrack.

  • film_lies101's rating of the film Darkman

    The problem with this movie is that it goes from dark & tragic to goofy & silly from scene to scene and it's fucking weird. Some of the effects are charmingly bad

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