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

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A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League's true purpose -- the complete destruction of Gotham City -- Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.

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Christian Bale
Bruce Wayne, Batman
Michael Caine
Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson
Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes
Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman
Lt. James Gordon
Cillian Murphy
Dr. Jonathan Crane, The Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson
Carmine Falcone
Ken Watanabe
Ra's Al Ghul
Linus Roache
Thomas Wayne
Gus Lewis
Bruce Wayne - age 8
Sara Stewart
Martha Wayne
Michael E. Uslan
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Benjamin Melniker
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David Julyan
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Wally Pfister
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Critic Reviews for Batman Begins

All Critics (288) | Top Critics (63) | Fresh (243) | Rotten (45)

  • Batman has been all about darkness, Nolan just makes it a shade darker. Go see it.

    January 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Every so often, it's time to re-boot Batman.

    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The psychological realism and the science-fiction villainy don't always mesh seamlessly. But unlike so many superheroic summer spectacles, this one actually has a soul behind the special effects.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Batman Begins

  • Jun 20, 2016
    Arguably one of the best starts to a trilogy since The Matrix. Excellent story and script. Really happy they decided to go with someone other than Batman's biggest foe in the first film. Nearly perfect rebooted origin story. Genius move to set the story in as real and as grounded of a setting as possible. Really saved this franchise from the merciless fisting Joel Schumacher gave to it.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    After 1997's 'Batman & Robin', it seemed that there was no future for Batman in cinema. Christopher Nolan took a dead franchise and managed to reignite the flame with this greatly cinematic and entertaining superhero film.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2016
    We waited for years to get a new and better "Batman" movie than the one we got back in 1997 with "Batman & Robin" which was a complete disaster. This movie is probably the best of all the "Batman" movies to ever be released. Christopher Nolan reinvents this iconic character in the most humane way we have ever seen the character in before. It's also the greatest way we have ever seen. Christian Bale is a very good Batman, but I don't believe in his judgment all the time, taking a scene where he is about to kill a man, but fails when the same man is killed by another assassin. I didn't really get his full emotion in that scene, but he is still very good. Liam Neeson is the best villain for Batman to take on as he inhabits the iconic villain Ra's al Ghul who we all know from the comicbooks. This is a great movie that I can't help but love even more every single time I watch the movie.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    Reinvigorating the Batman character is no easy task, but director Christopher Nolan succeeds on every count by giving us a layered, complex and engaging character piece on the dark knight himself, one that cements itself as both a great homage to the comics as well as a brilliant piece of filmmaking.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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