The Dark Knight Reviews Paint a Bright Picture

We’ve spotted a trio of early reviews for The Dark Knight that share one common denominator: this film kicks all sorts of ass and will haul in much bank.

Both and published glowing reviews practically handing Heath Ledger an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and we’re only halfway through the year.

Hollywood Reporter sums up their experience by describing The Dark Knight as “One nervy blend of top entertainment and thoughtful character study.”

Variety makes a similar assessment with “An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity, this is brainy pop entertainment that satisfies every expectation.”

Over at Rolling Stone, Peter Travers declares, “Nolan and crew have created something close to a masterpiece,” unable to conjure nary of word of criticism to type.

George ‘El Guapo’ Roush over at offers a more grounded — and alcohol flavored — view of The Dark Knight. He slaps it with an A- minus grade and points out some script silliness that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the flick. He also doesn’t believe Ledger’s performance is Oscar quality, preferring Aaron Eckhart’s work as Harvey Dent/Two-Face to the maniacal, but not maniacal enough Joker.

The proclamation George makes that many will be arguing two weeks from now speaks for itself: “Iron Man is still the best comic book movie so far this year.”

The countdown continues to July 18.

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