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Batman: Year One

action & adventure, anime & animation


Experience a bold and dynamic vision of the Dark Knight's first year in action and the start of his enduring friendship with Jim Gordon.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    86%
  • Audience Score
    79%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Animated superhero drama is too intense for young fans.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this feature-length animated action movie based on Frank Miller's popular comic books is fairly violent and includes a shocking sequence in which a newborn infant is kidnapped and placed in danger. There's also the expected fighting and shooting (with some blood shown). The movie also includes some sexual content, with images of a red-light district and prostitutes, suggestions of an extramarital affair, and (in the accompanying short film) images of a strip club. The occasional strong language goes as far as "bitch" and "bastard."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. When does it cross the line from thrilling to shocking? What's the difference?
  • How does this version of Batman's story compare with others you've seen or read?
  • Is Batman a vigilante? Should he be arrested, or should he be allowed to help the police? What's the difference between law and justice?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    86%
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  • Audience

    79%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Batman: Ladies, gentlemen, you've eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. But your feast is nearly over. From this moment on, none of you are safe. "A merciless crime- turns a man into an outlaw." Batman: Year One is the sort of animated superhero movie I enjoy. It's not a movie that is made for little kids, but for adults. The film is gritty, dark, and surprisingly real; obviously taking the Christopher Nolan theme of darkness and helplessness. This is a movie that was made for the Batman fans out there and as it is, it's a wonderful addition to the Batman filmography. Sure it has its problems and I didn't fall in love with it like I had hoped, but it is still a great addition. This follows, well you guessed it, the first year of Batman. In the beginning we see Bruce Wayne returning home to Gotham after being away for twelve years. We also see Lieutenant Gordon arriving at his new job, as a Gotham police officer. Gotham is ruins fundamentally. The streets are filled with criminals and the police are as corrupt as our government. It takes awhile for Wayne to get ready to fight the criminals and the police. When he does, the police go after him because they are losing money as the criminals do as Batman cleans up the streets. The story has a great, gritty feel to it, but it also feels rushed. The movie was way too short in my opinion. I would have loved an additional 20 to 30 minutes of this, but as is, it's a good, if short, film. The movie respects the source material, looks good enough, and has a variety of scenes that make it worth a look. We also see how Catwoman starts and there's some nice adult humor thrown in as well. Like I said, this isn't really a movie for the little ones who love Batman, but for the older ones who love Batman.

- blkbomb, Sunday, December 23, 2012

3 stars

Batman: Ladies, gentlemen, you've eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. But your feast is nearly over. From this moment on, none of you are safe. "A merciless crime- turns a man into an outlaw." Batman: Year One is the sort of animated superhero movie I enjoy. It's not a movie that is made for little kids, but for adults. The film is gritty, dark, and surprisingly real; obviously taking the Christopher Nolan theme of darkness and helplessness. This is a movie that was made for the Batman fans out there and as it is, it's a wonderful addition to the Batman filmography. Sure it has its problems and I didn't fall in love with it like I had hoped, but it is still a great addition. This follows, well you guessed it, the first year of Batman. In the beginning we see Bruce Wayne returning home to Gotham after being away for twelve years. We also see Lieutenant Gordon arriving at his new job, as a Gotham police officer. Gotham is ruins fundamentally. The streets are filled with criminals and the police are as corrupt as our government. It takes awhile for Wayne to get ready to fight the criminals and the police. When he does, the police go after him because they are losing money as the criminals do as Batman cleans up the streets. The story has a great, gritty feel to it, but it also feels rushed. The movie was way too short in my opinion. I would have loved an additional 20 to 30 minutes of this, but as is, it's a good, if short, film. The movie respects the source material, looks good enough, and has a variety of scenes that make it worth a look. We also see how Catwoman starts and there's some nice adult humor thrown in as well. Like I said, this isn't really a movie for the little ones who love Batman, but for the older ones who love Batman.

- blkbomb, Sunday, December 23, 2012

3 stars

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- fb1019018362, Tuesday, January 29, 2013