'Batman Begins' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   60 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   268 reviews
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    It's a wake-up call to the people who keep giving us cute capers about men in tights. It wipes the smirk off the face of the superhero movie.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    When you shine too much light, you take away the shadows. And without those, the Dark Knight is just a guy in a rubber suit mugging muggers.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Apart from the lumbering pacing and embalmed tone, the movie is densely forested with oaken dialogue, wasteful in its casting...and incoherently over-edited in its action sequences.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The action sequences feel like generic studio product, frantically and confusingly edited, and the lengthy Batmobile chase scene feels like a good opportunity to take the kids to the bat-room.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Batman Begins leaks existential phoniness from the first frame.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    Bruce Wayne's invention of Batman is the story of Batman Begins, and it's an epic one, with a suitably epic cast of A-list actors.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    Christopher Nolan has gone back to basics, jettisoning both the silliness of the TV incarnation and the gothic and fetishist elements of the '90s version. This is a hard-core, down-and-gritty origin story.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    For Christopher Nolan to turn Batman Begins into such a smart, gritty, brooding, visceral experience is astonishing.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Nolan takes an admirable stab at developing a character-driven drama, only to give in to generic action-movie conventions with a blinding, deafening, explosion-laden finale that could have capped off any number of interchangeable Jerry Bruckheimer flicks.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    [Nolan's] effort is not dishonorable, but what it needs, and doesn't have, is a Joker in the deck-some antic human antimatter to give it the giddy lift of perversity that a bunch of impersonal explosions, no matter how well managed, can't supply.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    Nolan's too good for Bat business as usual. His secret for making Batman fly is as basic as black: Keep it real.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    With Christian Bale in the title role, this is a film noir Batman, a brooding, disturbing piece of work that starts slowly but ends up crafting a world that just might haunt your dreams.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Chris Sawin Examiner.com
    90
    If there is one Batman film anyone should see, this is it. It's a superhero film with a dark tone that's very well-written with nothing but incredible actors involved.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Every so often, it's time to re-boot Batman.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    80
    A moody and visually stimulating superhero film, Batman Begins sees the Dark Knight finally giving the treatment and respect he deserves, in what can only be described as one of the greatest re-vamps given to an enduring character.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    92
    Drained of its color, the franchise rediscovered its valor, landing the caped crusader his finest motion picture effort to date. And the ending? Oh, that ending.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Gabe Leibowitz Film and Felt
    54
    So much is rich with ingenuity and daring that its constant missteps are exceptionally glaring.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    100
    They finally got it right. Finally.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski Cinefantastique
    A blast of energy that reinvents the Dark Knight for a new generation of film-goers.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Daniel Etherington Film4
    90
    An impressive cinematic renaissance for DC Comics' Dark Knight, and a blockbuster with more intelligence than most.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    Sweeping all questions aside, Batman Begins does rekindle the franchise: it will be commercially possible to remake Batman stories with this persona and this set of psychological principles underpinning a new series of films.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    90
    There has never yet been a Batman story with quite this kind of psychological trauma. If Ingmar Bergman had ever directed a superhero movie, it would have looked quite a bit like this.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    80
    Its edgy tone and dark atmosphere coupled with its comic-book theatrics make it a winning combination for older children and adults alike.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    80
    Its edgy tone and dark atmosphere coupled with its comic-book theatrics make it a winning combination for older children and adults alike.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Davis Paste Magazine
    70
    Not only do we see Gotham in the daylight, but Christian Bale may also be the first Bruce Wayne who's more at home crouching in a monastery with his hair in his eyes than attending a dinner party for which he'd have to trim his nails.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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