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The Dark Tower

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning AD

Nikolaj Arcel

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About the Movie

Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King, in the parallel realm of Mid-World, the once-respected Gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has abandoned his ancient oath to protect the Tower that is being threatened by the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) who seeks to destroy it and life across the universe. In New York City, teenager Jake has recurring visions that signal the end of the universe and when he stumbles upon a hidden portal he travels to Mid-World, meets Roland and the two must embark on an adventure to find the Man in Black and save the Tower.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 229
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 193
  • Average Rating: 4.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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? – April Wolfe, Village Voice, Dec 1, 2017

Rotten: You can see what this film is trying to be but it's not all that interesting. It rushes between events and there's not a lot of room for character development. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Oct 23, 2017

Rotten: McConaughey uses his looks and dimpled charm to good effect to conjure a sleazy kind of devil who can kill people with words. But it's not enough to make up for the film's mordant, apocalyptic tone, which has become something of a cliche. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Sep 15, 2017

Rotten: No one involved in The Dark Tower seems to have given a damn about what they turned out, so why should anybody else? – Nick Pinkerton, Sight and Sound, Sep 4, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

If the books are half as good as this film I'll be buying the whole series.


I thought this movie was nicely done. Makes me want to read the books.

Like It A Lot!

Having read the books and knowing that the plan from the start was to roll this into a TV series, it makes sense to me that the movie was written as it was and at the timeline it was. I hope the TV series comes to fruition!