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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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  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. 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 574
  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. Dontel
    Feb 14, 2006
    10
    One of the best movies of any Genre in about 3 years i thought a good story was obsolete in movies but this proved me wrong.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    In my opinion, Batman Begins is the single greatest superhero movie of all-time. It deals more with the story of Bruce Wayne and how he dealsIn my opinion, Batman Begins is the single greatest superhero movie of all-time. It deals more with the story of Bruce Wayne and how he deals with his internal struggles before becoming Batman. The cinematography is also incredible as is the acting and action sequences. To be completely honest, there's nothing bad about the movie and even people who aren't fans of superhero films would likely enjoy it. 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. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    Up until Christopher Nolan, the history of the "Batman" movies has been undeniably vapid of any true, honest adaptations of the superhero. TheUp until Christopher Nolan, the history of the "Batman" movies has been undeniably vapid of any true, honest adaptations of the superhero. The closest we ever got to a great treatment was from Tim Burton's first "Batman" movie, and even then it was only the Joker that made the movie watchable - Michael Keaton was utterly boring, and the movie itself remained visually flat and uninteresting.

    With Nolan, however, we get "Batman Begins" - a joyfully fantastic new take on the caped crusader's origins. Although the film has a lot of ugly browns to it, particularly during the last act, Christian Bale delivers a tensely convincing Bruce Wayne as the conflicted and disillusioned man who develops a crime-fighting alter ego to clean up the streets of Gotham. Liam Neeson is a strong villain and fun to watch, and his death is one of my favorite film villain deaths of all time. The music is awesome, the action scenes are great, and it's certainly the easiest of the Nolan Batman films to follow.
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  6. Mar 4, 2013
    8
    This is the batman movie I have been waiting for. The story, acting, development, and villains were all great. It was alot better than TimThis is the batman movie I have been waiting for. The story, acting, development, and villains were all great. It was alot better than Tim Burton's series because it focuses alot more on batman's past and childhood. It was way more realistic than Tim Burton's series and was not cartoon-ish in the slightest. Which made it alot more believable and alot more entertaining. 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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