Batman Begins

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70

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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.]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. For the first time since "X-Men," I was on the edge of my seat anticipating a sequel, wondering who'd play the Joker and how quickly Nolan - it must be Nolan! - can bring the next chapter of this story to the screen.
  2. Technically, the film is consistently impressive. It creates a grimly gothic vision of a crime-ridden and depression-ravaged Gotham City, a dandy pair of chase sequences involving the new generation Batmobile and a range of innovative visual effects.
  3. Batman Begins emerges from the darkness and leaves a powerful, lasting impression.
  4. 75
    Batman Begins is a mature take on material often relegated to the kiddie file, and it's simply the latest proof that, when treated properly, comic books are a viable art form for all ages. Bring on the sequel.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    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. Nolan and his co-screenwriter David Goyer can only press the big buttons so hard—it's still an old-school superhero summer movie, the plotting tortuous, the characters relegated to one-scene-one-emotion simplicity, the digitized action a never ending club mix of chases and mano a manos.
  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 597
  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 toI 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. UsmanN.
    Apr 10, 2006
    10
    The characters, the set, the soundtrack, the plot, the dialogues... compare it with any previous batman sequel and one can easily say this The characters, the set, the soundtrack, the plot, the dialogues... compare it with any previous batman sequel and one can easily say this sequel is the far more realistic and best one. For the first time the human part of batman has been explored including relationships surrounding him. Bravo Christian Bale and company, you have raised the standard sky high. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2013
    10
    Until The Dark Knight came along, this was the best superhero movie that I'd ever seen. Nolan took the genre in a completely new and darkUntil The Dark Knight came along, this was the best superhero movie that I'd ever seen. Nolan took the genre in a completely new and dark direction and everyone else followed. This was a landmark film. Expand
  4. ScottH.
    Oct 23, 2005
    9
    One of the best movies I saw in a theater this year. I know it's almost blasphemous to say, but I liked this Batman even better than the One of the best movies I saw in a theater this year. I know it's almost blasphemous to say, but I liked this Batman even better than the Keaton/Nicholson Batman. This is simply a very cool film. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2013
    9
    This is an incredible movie. Most superhero movies are enjoyable, but simply fun action sequences when boiled down. Batman Begins is a greatThis is an incredible movie. Most superhero movies are enjoyable, but simply fun action sequences when boiled down. Batman Begins is a great movie in all aspects, not just action. Honestly, the only reason I give it a 9 instead of a 10 is because the sequels are somehow even better Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This was the movie Christopher Nolan got recognized. The beginning and setup to Batman is done unbelievably well, taking it's time and preparing the character. But it has it's share of flaws. Such as the second half really falls back and just isn't as good as the beginning. Or during the action scenes, the shaky cam prevents us from seeing the action. Overall a good enjoyable watch and a new approach to the character. 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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