Daredevil (2003)

One of Marvel Comics' most popular characters comes to the screen for the first time in this sci-fi action-thriller. Matthew Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer whose father, a prizefighter, was killed by gangsters when Murdock was just a… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Passable if derivative as entertainment, Ben Affleck fits the role but the film is not up to par with recent superhero films.

David Ansen

Torn between moody grandiosity and cartoonish mayhem, Daredevil tries to have it both ways, and succeeds at neither.

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John Powers
L.A. Weekly

The movie has far less emotional weight than, say, Spider-Man.

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Matthew De Abaitua

For all its clichés, it has a cracking third act, helped by doses of 15-rated violence.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] dull actioner.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

The numerous fight scenes have been filmed in Confuse-o-Rama, a headache-inducing technique that mixes a dozen too many cuts per minute, projectile P.O.V., and intermittent glimpses of the hero's sonar sensorium.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

there's a lot to like here and a comic film more people should give another chance.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Convincing in the physical demands of the role, Affleck persuades us of the pain of sightlessness and supersensitive hearing, although writer/director Johnson's scrappy construction fails him and everyone else as the showdown approaches.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

A collection of false starts interrupted by an awful lot of angst-ridden contemplation, the picture serves up soul-searching gush with scant pulse-pounding rush.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Superhero is darker, more violent than Spiderman.

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Jens S.
One of Marvel's earlier and much more clumsy attempts of establishing their super heroes in the movie world. There are some great ideas in this,… More
Phil Hubbs
Back before the superhero invasion we were given this semi gritty realistic take to the man in red, and boy did they take it seriously!. Although there had been… More
Jason Calvin
Given the source material, I'm always surprised when these movies don't turn out good. This rendition of Daredevil is worthless. It feels less like… More
Kevin M. Williams
Altho referred to by some kinder folks as a poor man's Spider-Man, its clearer to say that ol' DD was originally intended as a direct reflection of… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"When justice is blind, it knows no fear."</i> A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as… More