100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A confidently original, engrossing interpretation.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
For Christopher Nolan to turn Batman Begins into such a smart, gritty, brooding, visceral experience is astonishing. Truly, Batman does begin again.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In Batman Begins, Christian Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The buildup is steadily engrossing. That's because Nolan keeps the emphasis on character, not gadgets. Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Burton gives us SuperDude; Nolan gives us Sir Subdued.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The early going -- say, an hour -- is spent in a fatigued daze. A few powerful jabs eventually punch things up.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.