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The Dark Tower (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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 (277) | Top Critics (61)

Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) directed, and I'm not sure why.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Not so much a stinker of a movie as a bafflingly incomplete one, The Dark Tower has presumably been inflicted with so many cuts it's like watching a 95-minute trailer.

October 11, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

No one involved in The Dark Tower seems to have given a damn about what they turned out, so why should anybody else?

September 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The path to Elba and McConaughey's inevitable showdown is slick and fun to watch.

August 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

King fans were troubled to learn that the film adaptation would only be 95 minutes long; for most of us, that'll be more than plenty.

August 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Not even bad enough to be fun.

August 19, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dark Tower

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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An appealing attempt at a movie. nothing works. it feels stilted and just super unbelievable characters!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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I have never read any of Stephen King's popular fantasy series, The Dark Tower, so I walked into the long-awaited film adaptation with no investment. I walked out with very little investment. The film peaked at its casting, with Idris Elba as the mythic Gunslinger hunting down a notorious evil sorcerer, The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a.k.a. Randall Flagg. For the first fifteen minutes or so, the world building is pretty straightforward and accessible. The Man in Black is looking across universes for special psychic children whose abilities he can focus to destroy the titular Dark Tower, a monument protecting the stability of all universes. A young kid is having prophetic dreams but appears emotionally disturbed to his family. Before a group of rat people hiding behind human masks can kidnap him, he runs away, finding a portal to Midworld, and into the path of the Gunslinger, who seeks personal vengeance against the Man in Black. From there the movie gets pretty hazy with its rules and lore. The production design of this alien world is a bit bare. The characters stay in an archetypical range and don't give you much reason to care. The action is serviceable but unmemorable, the Gunslinger credo is rather cheesy especially when repeated with such self-seriousness, and sometimes it feels like McConaughey is in a different movie altogether. If you're a fan of the series, I have to imagine you'll be processing some level of disappointment by the end of the film. If you're a franchise novice, like me, you may find some stray things to enjoy in the moment, but the film evaporates from your mind immediately after leaving the theater, banished to the dustbin of bland sci-fi action. Nate's Grade: C

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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