Batman Begins

critic Reviews

, 84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.
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    Christy LemireAssociated Press
    Nolan takes an admirable stab at developing a character-driven drama, only to give in to generic action-movie conventions with a blinding, deafening, explosion-laden finale that could have capped off any number of interchangeable Jerry Bruckheimer flicks.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
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    Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
    It's not just the birth of Batman we're seeing in this triumphant interpretation, it's also the dawning of Gotham City's age of greed.
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    David AnsenNewsweek
    The psychological realism and the science-fiction villainy don't always mesh seamlessly. But unlike so many superheroic summer spectacles, this one actually has a soul behind the special effects.
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    Desson ThomsonWashington Post
    Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere.
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    Ken TuckerNew York Magazine/Vulture
    A nonstarter.
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    Mike MassieGone With The Twins
    All in all, it definitely changes the course - for the better - of this formerly failing franchise.
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    Siddhant AdlakhaIGN Movies
    Batman is shackled by one of the most potent recurring themes in Nolan's work: a fear of the past, in all its pain, guilt and trauma - a fear that the forward march of time may not be enough to heal.
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    David WalshWorld Socialist Web Site
    Batman Begins is an utterly conventional, conformist work, respectful of order and wealth, unable or unwilling to challenge any of contemporary society's taboos. Worse than that, its grim pomposity and self-seriousness invite only laughter.
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    PJ NabarroOne Room With A View
    Batman Begins is certainly a worthy staging post in the inescapably compelling career of Christopher Nolan, and stands the test of time some 15 years after its release.
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