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Batman Begins Reviews

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 14, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 14, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 3, 2007
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A nonstarter.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 12, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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A rousing, reverent, often brilliant re-creation of a seminal comics character.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If you love Batman, then Batman Begins will the best Batman movie ever made. On the other hand, if you love Batman movies, Batman Begins may leave you wondering where the Joker went.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2005
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Batman Begins is for morons.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 16, 2005
Ben Walters
Time Out
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The muscular grit of the action sequences is leavened with nicely judged sarky banter.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 16, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

June 15, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 15, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Batman Begins leaks existential phoniness from the first frame.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 15, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

June 15, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Is it too much to ask that the action sequences not be monotonously, narcotizingly dull?

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 15, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A mature take on material often relegated to the kiddie file, and it's simply the latest proof that, when treated properly, comic books are a viable art form for all ages. Bring on the sequel.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 15, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If comic books must be a staple of our movie diet, please let them be as thought-provoking and thrilling as this.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 15, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

June 15, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

June 15, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Here's a legend sometimes proved true: Sharp writing and thoughtful directing make the oldest tales seem new.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 15, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Bale, in his first venture into superhero status, hits just the right balance between Bruce's uncertainty and the intensity of his alter ego. Besides, Caine and Freeman elevate any project in which they appear.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

June 15, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Finally, a Batman movie that's actually about Batman.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A ponderous, deeply unironic psychological portrait with such a pervasive sense of gravitas that it borders on self-importance.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 15, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 15, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Say goodbye to 'pow' and 'zowie.' Say hello to a level of raw excitement that at times makes Batman look like a predator for justice.

| Original Score: B+

June 15, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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What makes this Batman so enjoyable is how the director Christopher Nolan arranges familiar genre elements in new, unforeseen ways.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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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 Source: Slate

June 14, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A superhero saga grounded in the real world.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's just the pleasure of seeing something that's both fantastic to the eye and emotionally dimensional. This is how to make action movies.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Christopher Nolan has loaded the story with enough myth and emotion that it would not be silly to compare it with the samurai tales of Akira Kurosawa.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The earlier Batman movies were charades. With Bale, it's a biopic, filled with nuance, emotion and contradictions.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Maybe, now that this version of the franchise has drained itself of explanatory residue, the next chapter will have more bounce.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's all a little disappointing, particularly given the talents involved.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

| Original Score: B

June 14, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

June 14, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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In Batman Begins, Christian Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's about the birth pains of a superhero, with the emphasis on those pains as much as on superheroism.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

June 14, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Batman Begins at last penetrates to the dark and troubled depths of the Batman legend.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 14, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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 Source: Village Voice

June 14, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Nolan's too good for Bat business as usual. His secret for making Batman fly is as basic as black: Keep it real.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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[Bale plays] a Batman who, even demystified, still manages to cast a long, dark, mythic shadow.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 9, 2005
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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[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 Source: TIME Magazine

June 7, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

June 6, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is the best Batman movie ever by far.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 6, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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There is talent and cleverness here, but not much excitement.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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For Christopher Nolan to turn Batman Begins into such a smart, gritty, brooding, visceral experience is astonishing.

June 3, 2005
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