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'The Dark Knight Rises' receives overwhelmingly positive early reviews

Film critics lavish praise on the final instalment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy

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The Dark Knight Rises has been lavished with praise in the first wave of reviews by film critics.

UK movie magazines Total Film and Empire both awarded The Dark Knight Rises top marks of five stars. The former called the eagerly-anticipated Batman sequel a "smart, stirring spectacle", while the latter declared it "superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale".

US industry bible The Hollywood Reporter was similarly positive, saying: "This last instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish." Variety was just as impressed, predicting that "global box office domination awaits".

Meanwhile, entertainment portal IGN wrote that "Christopher Nolan and his team have delivered the grandest, most emotional and superheroic chapter in their Batman saga". Film website Indiewire delivered a more cautious "B" rating, but decided that the film "remains viscerally satisfying even when the story falters".

The positive reviews from film critics chimes with delighted early reactions from movie bloggers. Last week it was reported that The Dark Knight Rises had received a standing ovation at a preview screening. The film opens in the UK and the US on July 20.

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