Batman Begins

2005

Batman Begins

Critics Consensus

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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Movie Info

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 and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas. Wayne eventually finds discipline in the Far East under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows who guides him in the study of martial arts -- and the ways in which an ordinary man can hone his senses to an almost superhuman acuity. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice. But when a shady psychiatrist (Cillian Murphy) joins forces with the criminal underworld, Wayne realizes that putting an end to their nefarious plans will be very difficult indeed. Batman Begins also features Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon and Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss Carmine Falcone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Christian Bale
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Liam Neeson
as Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes
as Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman
as Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy
as Dr. Jonathan Crane
Tom Wilkinson
as Carmine Falcone
Ken Watanabe
as Ra's Al Ghul
Linus Roache
as Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman
as Lucius Fox
Gerard Murphy
as Judge Faden
Sara Stewart
as Martha Wayne
Gus Lewis
as Bruce Wayne (age 8)
Richard Brake
as Joe Chill
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Critic Reviews for Batman Begins

All Critics (278) | Top Critics (54)

  • 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 14, 2013 | 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.

    Sep 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.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A nonstarter.

    May 12, 2006

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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