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: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Ben Affleck fits the role and the story is sporadically interesting, Daredevil is ultimately a dull, brooding origin story that fails to bring anything new to the genre.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It isn't a great film, or even a greatly original one. Still, it has many grace notes, and interesting oddities.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

There's good stuff in the margins. But on the heels of such successful comic-book adaptations as X-Men and Spider-Man, Johnson's film makes Daredevil look like the second-rate hero he never really was.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's movie is too heavily reliant on tried and tested ingredients, such as Batman-type design and Matrix-style fighting.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Much of the rest of Daredevil is so dark that you can't see it. I don't think you're missing a great deal.

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David Ansen

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

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

The ghostly sonar effects showing how Matt "sees" through sound are interesting, and Farrell's mad dog performance is fun. But overall Daredevil is nothing to marvel about.

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Ben Nuckols
Associated Press

When Farrell's on screen, Daredevil becomes more than just a finely tuned entertainment machine. In a movie that will rake people in no matter what, it's fun to see something unexpected.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] dull actioner.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Much of the film is a setup for hoped-for sequels, so the plot isn't really the thing. But Daredevil benefits from some strong supporting roles.

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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
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