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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. 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 540
  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. 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. Jul 17, 2012
    10
    A superb reboot of the Batman franchise. This is exactly what I was hoping Batman would be translated as onto the big screen. The dark and gritty tone of the movie is exceptional and Bale has done wonders both as Bruce Wayne and as Batman. Nolan has proved again that he simply cannot make a bad movie. Expand
  4. DianeP.
    Feb 24, 2006
    9
    Terrific movie first, genre flick second, by golly! Exquisitely scratched my WHY-someone-please-tell-me-WHY itch, beginning to end, and going forward, too. Great story, well-realized Bruce/Bat personae, beautiful visuals, thrilling soundtrack, wild action. Left this viewer both deeply satisfied and wanting MORE! Lost half a point for stereotypic (at best) female characterization and another half because fight scenes tried to exemplify "men most fear what they cannot see" too much. Fascinating how strong Bruce is even before training with Ducard, enthralling how graceful and lithe he becomes inside the BatSuit. Exhilerating movie experince! Expand
  5. Jul 17, 2012
    9
    Not only one of the best Batman films ever made, but also one of the best comic book films ever made. This film is a must-see. It does not fall into the trap of only spreading mindless violence but is very story and character driven. The origin story takes up about 65% of the entire film, which makes not only the story clear, concise, and interesting, but it has the same effect on the character of Bruce Wayne. 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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