(2005)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 41 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
This is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed. The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment. There's something to it.
100
Entertainment Weekly
A confidently original, engrossing interpretation.
100
New York Post
A great movie, period. It's great because it's so real.
100
Charlotte Observer
For the first time since "X-Men," I was on the edge of my seat anticipating a sequel, wondering who'd play the Joker and how quickly Nolan - it must be Nolan! - can bring the next chapter of this story to the screen.
90
A carefully thought out and consummately well-made piece of work, a serious comic-book adaptation that is driven by story, psychology and reality, not special effects.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
For Christopher Nolan to turn Batman Begins into such a smart, gritty, brooding, visceral experience is astonishing. Truly, Batman does begin again.
75
The buildup is steadily engrossing. That's because Nolan keeps the emphasis on character, not gadgets. Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed.
75
Best of all, 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.
75
New York Daily News
What you get out of Batman Begins depends on what you bring to it. It is the most faithful to the origins of the comic strip and it sets up a series very different from the four made by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher between 1989 and 1997.
70
Wall Street Journal
Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
63
The early going -- say, an hour -- is spent in a fatigued daze. A few powerful jabs eventually punch things up.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Burton gives us SuperDude; Nolan gives us Sir Subdued.

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