FleshEatingZipper says: "In some parallel timeline, in some weird alternate dimension, Christopher Nolan is a watchmaker. He’s surveying hundreds of intricate components as they’re assembled in a specific order and then set into marvelous operation. I’ve seen every one of his films, minus Following and Insomnia, and it’s apparent that Nolan, without the help of Inception, is in the business of making cinematic puzzles that spend their running times being assembled and set off. He may be one of the past decade’s best directors, but there’s something in his approach that leaves his films feeling hollow, soaring right under what could be considered ‘art’. (I imagine this may be similar to Roger Ebert’s criticism of video games as art.) With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan ends his Batman trilogy just as he had planned for the better part of a decade with a really good film, but we find less free-flowing cinematic energy here and more forgone conclusion as Nolan seems to have tied off this film a bit too tightly and this conclusion suffers for it."