The Dark Tower

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Go then, there are other Stephen King adaptations than these.

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There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

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Critic Reviews for The Dark Tower

All Critics (266) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (224)

  • Not even bad enough to be fun.

    Aug 19, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Elba's sublime professionalism in treating the part as worthy of him, and the dialogue as if it deserves to be spoken out loud, saves the movie from total annihilation, just as The Gunslinger saves this world.

    Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Eight volumes, more than 4,000 pages, and a multitude of exotic settings and alternative realities entered by two near-mythic antagonists, are here transformed into turgid cinematic slop.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It comes across as a cash-in that someone scribbled on the back of an envelope after seeing Return of the Jedi.

    Aug 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [Idris] Elba alone can't make The Dark Tower worth watching. But he can make the case, yet again, that he deserves better material than this.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Outside of its actors, the film is unremarkable. Action sequences seem as though they were hurried, that is, when you can actually see them - Did the lighting team blow a fuse?

    Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 05, 2018
    Stephen King's epic fantasy saga is brought to the screen as the confounding sci-fi thriller The Dark Tower. The story follows a young boy who's plagued by visions of a man in black and a dark tower and soon discovers that they're real when the Man in Black's henchman come looking for him hoping that he possesses the psychic energy needed to destroy the Dark Tower, thus allowing darkness to consume the universe. Both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey give solid performances, but the writing is rather poor. The script is actually little more than an outline, doing very little to develop the world or its characters (using tropes as shorthand). Still, the actions scenes are especially well-done and add a lot of energy to the film. And the specially effects and set designs are pretty good, giving the world a distinct look and feel. Yet despite its high production values, The Dark Tower is a formulaic adventure film that's not very compelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2017
    My hard & fast rule of "Never pay ticket price for anything with Matthew McConaughey in a leading role" has served me well once more, because though one of the biggest problems with The Dark Tower was how they tried to squeeze decades of lore into 95 minute movie, the best part about it was still somehow that it was over pretty quick.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2017
    Absolutely horrendous. Has nothing to do with Stephens king books. If you have read the book you will HATE it. So stupid. I don?t understand how Hollywood thinks this is better. This could be as good as lord of the rings or game of thrones with the right leadership. Waste of time and money. Matthew would be perfect for this role if it followed the book. Waste of time.
    Chad R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2017
    In an apocalyptic reality, a sorcerer desires to destroy the world so that he can take over everything, yada, yada, yada. The actors do their job in this that feels like a retread, but perhaps the world building involved is too big of a job for one movie, I thought, and better suited to a television series. As it is the work feels rushed and incomplete, however well done.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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