Batman Begins Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 16, 2005
There's nothing particularly wrong with Begins, but in a way, that's exactly what's wrong with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2005
The movie slowly moves away from being an engaging film about people and starts to fit itself into the mold of every other dumb action movie you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2006
Where the movie fails, ultimately and sadly, is in its capitulation to conventional action movie wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2005
But there's no auteurist signature, no idiosyncratic imprint, on the film that distinctly marks it as a work of Nolan's, and thus it feels vaguely impersonal and remote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 5, 2005
There is talent and cleverness here, but not much excitement.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 26, 2007
A fragmented tale with a disconnect between sulking mood pieces and hi-tech urban warfare, whose logic always seems to be beside the point.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 14, 2013
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.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 15, 2005
After much unnecessary padding and delay, the film settles down to...a thinly veiled and thoroughly trivialized reworking of 9/11.
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
June 16, 2005
Should we comment on the horrendous Batmobile? You probably saw the trailer, so there is no need.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
June 14, 2005
Aims for mythical grandeur, underlined leadenly by a pseudo-Wagnerian orchestral score, only to become mired in pretension to Jungian psychological veracity
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 14, 2005
The pragmatic reinvention...is countered by several equally pedestrian blunders that hold the film back as if Nolan and Goyer were standing on the back of Batman's cape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 7, 2005
[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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 14, 2005
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 14, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 14, 2005
It's all a little disappointing, particularly given the talents involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 14, 2005
Maybe, now that this version of the franchise has drained itself of explanatory residue, the next chapter will have more bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 15, 2005
Is it too much to ask that the action sequences not be monotonously, narcotizingly dull?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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