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  • Summary: Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. (Warner Bros.)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 100
    This is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed. The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment. There's something to it.
  2. 91
    It's witty, gripping good fun.
  3. Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.
  4. Best of all, there's just the pleasure of seeing something that's both fantastic to the eye and emotionally dimensional. This is how to make action movies.
  5. Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
  6. 60
    The result is handsome and logical, but missing the spark that would make it thrilling.
  7. Even if there were a great movie here, it would have been undermined by two lead actors who are barely even there, asked to deliver lines they can't handle: Bale, playing the Batman with clipped wings, and Katie Holmes as an assistant district attorney who doesn't have the gravitas to pass as an intern. Come back, Alicia Silverstone; all is forgiven.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 557
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    10
    I have not watched all of the Batman movies, so I can't really compare this triumph to the other films. I will say this: I was only able to stomach about 15 minutes of Batman Forever (the Schwarzenegger one) so... I guess it's safe to say that this one kicked the other's hind quarters... pretty hard if I may add. The film is dark, edgy and well acted. The plot is good (not groundbreaking, but it really holds your attention). You will never be bored... or annoyed, like in Batman Forever. The best performances come from the effortless class of Michael Caine as Alfred, Cillian Murphy as the cold Dr. Crane and Liam Neeson as the main villain, Henri Ducard. Expand
  2. DarthMoon
    Feb 6, 2006
    10
    Cristopher Nolan created probably the best movie based on a comic franchine.He created a realistic version of Batman explaining just about everything about his character. Even the villains look and fell realistic.One of the best movies of the year and surely the best action adventure movie of the year. A great achievement.This is where Batman movie franchine truly begins. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2012
    10
    Batman Begins is brilliant. This is one of the superhero movies that comic book nerds, casual viewers, and critics will love. From beginning to end, the story is brilliant and doesn't seem to linger on at all. The acting is superb and everything is built up for its amazing sequel, "The Dark Knight." Expand
  4. MalcomM.
    Oct 25, 2005
    9
    A darkly delicious rendition of our fave 'human' superhero. A silver platter of more believable characters put together, tastier than any of the other past Batman movies. (Now don't get me started on Schumacher's Batman & Robin & his Dick! That made me puked!) Nolan truly understands the dark knight. Maybe he's the Batman of Hollywood movies. Or even more so, maybe he's Bruce Wayne disguised as unflashy film director? Nevertheless, when i read he was to be the one minding the 'new' and refresh Batman Begins, I knew he was justly right to wreak vengeance upon the wronged-doers! All hail the new Batman. It truly IS the beginning. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2012
    9
    the best possible way of starting a era . it had every thrust that the batman series needed . in the other batman movies batman was shown as a superhero but not as a human being . i would like to give credit to nolan for making batman a human being . also the cast the was wonderful . every character had a great depth . the finishing was wonderful too . Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2012
    8
    In my estimation my favorite superhero has not had a decent movie since Burton's version which seems like a lifetime ago. Needless to say I was eager for a reboot and excited to see what could become of this franchise. In no way was I disappointed. Despite the bizarre voice, Bale was a great choice for Wayne. The Scarecrow was a cool choice for this movie, not too over the top to distract you but has that dark gritty side the movie deserves. I love the long look into Wayne's evolution to Batman. The fact that we do not see Batman for the better part of half the movie is actually a benefit, kicking things off strong. A great start to what turns out to be one of the two or three great trilogies ever. Expand
  7. Liz
    Oct 18, 2005
    0
    Boring, pointless, and stupid, my little cousin almost had a heart attack seeing it.

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