Batman Begins Reviews

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Jess Lomas
July 7, 2014
It's a refreshing approach to the genre, even when revisiting years later, in an era inundated with superhero movies where each tries to better the last's visual effects budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2013
Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
Chris Sawin
July 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Every so often, it's time to re-boot Batman.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
Joshua Starnes
January 7, 2011
It may be too scary intense for younger children, but for everyone else Batman Begins is just about the perfect summer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
December 28, 2009
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 | Original Score: A
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 26, 2009
So much is rich with ingenuity and daring that its constant missteps are exceptionally glaring.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An utterly amazing and riveting start to a brand new beginning...
Steve Biodrowski
March 10, 2009
A blast of energy that reinvents the Dark Knight for a new generation of film-goers.
October 29, 2008
An impressive cinematic renaissance for DC Comics' Dark Knight, and a blockbuster with more intelligence than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Mr. Nolan's assured direction and pacing keep the movie feeling brisk even at its two-plus hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
June 27, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Both in and out of the suit, Bale owns the role in a way none of the previous three Batmen did.
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