'Batman Begins' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   60 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   268 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    A confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through (but never self-serious) aesthetic point of view that announces, from the get-go, someone who knows what he's doing is running the show.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    What makes this Batman so enjoyable is how the director Christopher Nolan arranges familiar genre elements in new, unforeseen ways.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    No fan of cult director Christopher Nolan is going to regard this respectable effort as anything but a comedown from 2001's Memento.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A ponderous, deeply unironic psychological portrait with such a pervasive sense of gravitas that it borders on self-importance.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    In Batman Begins, Christian Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    The earlier Batman movies were charades. With Bale, it's a biopic, filled with nuance, emotion and contradictions.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    Batman Begins is a remarkable movie. In making it, Nolan swept aside not only the other Batman films but the whole over-burdened shelf of previous super-hero flicks.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Director Nolan remains true to his own vision, which is largely that of the original Batman comics. As a result, Batman Begins has a unity not often found in these extravaganzas.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Here's a legend sometimes proved true: Sharp writing and thoughtful directing make the oldest tales seem new.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ken Tucker New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    A nonstarter.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    In Memento, Nolan and his editor, Dody Dorn, created a new syntax for movies. It's depressing to see Nolan now relying on the same fakery as everyone else.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Batman Begins at last penetrates to the dark and troubled depths of the Batman legend.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Nolan turns Batman Begins into something much closer to Miller's 'Dark Knight' interpretation than the glamorous, slam-bang Hollywood jokefests into which the series had slipped by Batman and Robin time.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    50
    For all the hype about exploring Batman's damaged psyche, Nolan and Goyer haven't added much beyond a corny opening in which he falls down a well and is attacked by bats.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Is it too much to ask that the action sequences not be monotonously, narcotizingly dull?
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    If comic books must be a staple of our movie diet, please let them be as thought-provoking and thrilling as this.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    An undeniable return to good form for the enduring comic book hero, an industrial-strength summer-action flick fantasia that manages to capture the excitement of the early Batman films while working in a decidedly darker tone.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Finally, a Batman movie that's actually about Batman.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Batman Begins is for morons.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    For all the effort and expense that went into this salvage job on an old, abandoned property, I would have preferred that Batman -- now past 66 years old -- be given his pension and sent on his way.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    There is talent and cleverness here, but not much excitement.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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