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Batman Begins (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 265
Fresh: 224 | Rotten: 41

Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 19

Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.

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The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage

Oct 18, 2005

$205.2M

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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.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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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.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A nonstarter.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (21)
New York Magazine
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Without the biff! bang! pow! of pop signifiers, this intelligent, well-made film is too heavy to transport us anywhere but down the dark hole of its good intentions.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comments (4)
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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.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Every so often, it's time to re-boot Batman.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

It may be too scary intense for younger children, but for everyone else Batman Begins is just about the perfect summer movie.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

So much is rich with ingenuity and daring that its constant missteps are exceptionally glaring.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

An utterly amazing and riveting start to a brand new beginning...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

A blast of energy that reinvents the Dark Knight for a new generation of film-goers.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

An impressive cinematic renaissance for DC Comics' Dark Knight, and a blockbuster with more intelligence than most.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

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.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its edgy tone and dark atmosphere coupled with its comic-book theatrics make it a winning combination for older children and adults alike.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The movie takes such time and care to set up Bruce/Batman that it's a bit of a bummer when it launches into summer-movie overdrive.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Mr. Nolan's assured direction and pacing keep the movie feeling brisk even at its two-plus hour running time.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Works splendidly because it dispenses with the idea that Batman's archenemies have to be quirky, colorful, superficial savants, Óla the campy television series from the sixties.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comments (2)
Princeton Town Topics

A fragmented tale with a disconnect between sulking mood pieces and hi-tech urban warfare, whose logic always seems to be beside the point.

March 26, 2007 Full Review | Comments (17)
Long Island Press

Audience Reviews for Batman Begins

Hands down the best "reboot" movie of all time, this one has it all. Nolan takes great care in setting up the backstory of the Caped Crusader in the first half of the film. The second half kicks into overdrive and ends with a fantastic finish.
December 29, 2013
Graham Jones

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The first chapter in the proposed "Dark Knight Trilogy" is dark, compelling, and articulate. Christopher Nolan's marvelous input to the origins of the Caped Crusader gives a good start to the trilogy. With a strong cast (Bale, Caine, Neesen, Freeman, Holmes & Oldman) along with an ominous plot, Batman Begins enthralls its audiences worldwide. 4.5/5
May 6, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Christopher Nolan had already proved he could do characters and dialogue and in this latest reinvention of the classic comic book character, he proves emphatically that he can do action too. Taking cues from Tim Burton's previous attempt to bring the character back to its dark roots, Nolan's vision is so gritty and believable it makes Burton's film seem as comparatively camp as the Adam West TV series that preceded it. This origin story has no radioactive spiders or associated sillines; just an intelligent examination of a man's guilt and desire for revenge and the psychology of fear. This combined with unlimited resources that wealth can provide, Batman is born utilising some brilliant production design that not only looks fantastic, but also looks plausible. Bale was the perfect choice for the role, bringing a single-minded intensity to the character and is just as convincing in his pimpernel-esque role as billionaire playboy. The supporting cast of genuine actors including Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman add a lot of dramatic weight and the script is cleverly fleshed out. Possibly the only flaws are the fact that although Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy are both great it lacks a focal villain (something obviously rectified quite spectacularly by Heath Ledger in the sequel) and Katie Holmes is a bit of a dead zone but these gripes are insignificant compared to Nolan's achievement in bringing Batman to believable life. For me, this is easily one of the best superhero movie ever made and it stands up handsomely to repeated viewings. A future classic.
December 28, 2012
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Batman Begins re-established the Batman franchise as something that can deliver the blockbuster goods while also delivering a grounded and human story that connects with everyone. This is not a gothic Burton freakshow, nor is it the soulless special effects drivel that Schumacher made. Nolan understands the importance of a good origin story and delivers. This is not wall to wall action, but it holds your attention from the get go and the pacing is just right. Christian Bale is the Batman the series has always needed. He is by far the best actor to ever play the role and will be hard to top if WB ever decides to continue on after Nolan's saga. Everything Nolan set up in terms of the origin story with the League of Shadows and Ra's Al Ghul (played by a fantastic Liam Neeson) has not been attempted before and it was the perfect way to start his vision of the character. Add in Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Gary Oldman as Gordon and you have the pieces in place for something special. Katie Holmes is the weak link, but she isn't awful. Overall, Batman Begins is probably the most traditional made of Nolan's series before he forever changed the landscape of superhero films with The Dark Knight, but it is still fantastic.
December 10, 2012
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    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
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    1. Rachel Dawes: It's not who we are but what we do that defines us.
    – Submitted by Mahmoud S (10 months ago)
    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
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    1. Henri Ducard: You finally learned to do what is necessary.
    2. Batman/Bruce Wayne: I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you
    – Submitted by Rodrigo B (13 months ago)
    1. Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow: There's nothing to fear, but fear itself!
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    1. Jim Gordon: I never said thank you.
    2. Batman/Bruce Wayne: And you'll never have to.
    – Submitted by Adam F (13 months ago)
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