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Batman Begins

action & adventure, thrillers


Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    85%
  • Audience Score
    94%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Smart and entertaining, but also very violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features hard and fast violence, martial arts and shootings conveyed through dark, abrupt, sometimes scary imagery. Less cartoonish than the Spiderman and X-Men movies, these scenes are loud and rough. The caped crusader's origin story includes the murders of his parents, his ensuing depression and attempt to shoot the shooter, martial arts training and fighting, frightening subjective images brought on by hallucinogenic drugs, brief debauchery (drinking, smoking, and swimming-in-a-hotel-fountain with vacuous starlet-types), an even briefer kiss with his romantic interest, a faux drunken speech, and some raucous driving in a seriously armored Batmobile.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bruce Wayne's relationships with various father figures, including his biological father (who is murdered), his martial arts trainer, his butler, and his gadgets-maker.
  • What's the difference between vengeance and justice as the film presents it? Do you agree?
  • How does Bruce put his anger to use for the "public good"? How does the film differentiate between "good" and "bad" uses of violence?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    85%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Batman Begins reviews
  • Audience

    94%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: For all the effort and expense that went into this salvage job on an old, abandoned property, I would have preferred that Batman -- now past 66 years old -- be given his pension and sent on his way.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Fresh: The muscular grit of the action sequences is leavened with nicely judged sarky banter.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Thursday, June 16, 2005

Fresh: Drained of its color, the franchise rediscovered its valor, landing the caped crusader his finest motion picture effort to date. And the ending? Oh, that ending.

- Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"Batman Begins" is my favorite film from Christopher Nolan. Here is a film that works on so many levels (as a superhero action film, as a crime drama, as an emotional character study). Working from a layered and deep script, Nolan directs the film to near perfection. The actors all turn in great, human performances with many sides. This is a picture that honors it's source material, updates it's into something new and exciting but also works as an excellent stand alone (something it's sequel can't do). "Batman Begins" is never boring, always fascinating and thrilling both viscerally, intellectually and most importantly, emotionally.

- stevenecarrier, Saturday, July 17, 2010

4 stars

A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, July 3, 2010

5 stars

I think everyone that knows me is aware of my shear devotion and love for the character of Batman. I've grown up with the character and cherished every moment of his existence. I feel like this is the greatest Batman movie without the shadow of a doubt and brings together everything that makes the character great. After Joel Schumacher's Batman movies, it seemed like the only way the character could continue living in media was through the animated series. However, Christopher Nolan not only resurrected the greatest superhero to ever exist, he made the best superhero movie in existence. It properly takes into account the history and style of the comic books, while also updating and fitting him for a cinematic crime epic. Instead of being about gadgets and colors, Bruce Wayne's one man war on the criminals of Gotham returns to the center of attention. There is a perfect origin story included and love sup-plot next to this, as well as two major Rogue's Villains that were never properly recognized. The acting in this is another reason that it is a cut above its other contenders, Christian Bale is the one and only Caped Crusader. He manages to be everything that Batman has been for the last 70 years in the span of 2 & 1/2 hours. The little character details are touched on, including his raspy costumed voice and the over-yuppied public Bruce Wayne. Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson and Michael Caine all make flawless portrayals as their counterparts as well. The well-rounded nature of the movie only further justifies it being the greatest adaption.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, May 27, 2010