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Batman: Year One

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Animated superhero drama is too intense for young fans.

Movie PG-13 2011 64 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+
The main movie contains some violence with some blood but not R levels of blood sexual content is mild and fuck is said so for that I’d say 12+ but due to the blu-Ray containing the short film simply (tit)led catwoman I’d don’t think it would be suitable for 12+ the short in question mostly takes place in a strip club. A character in underwear does a pole dance and takes of her bra offscreen, another scene depicts Catwoman pole dancing before unzipping he skin tight cat suit revealing her cleavage and that she doesn’t have nipples because the animators thought it was too edgy although it was already too edgy.
age 12+

Batman: Year One - PG-13 - 2011

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The directors of All-Star Superman and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights return for this dark, noir-ish take on the first chapter of Batman and Commissioner Gordon's careers. Batman: Year One looks great, with a moody use of shadows and darkness and dreary, lowdown locations. But the main problem is that, at only 64 minutes, it's too short; Gordon's story feels fully fleshed-out, but Batman's story is surprisingly truncated.

It helps that actor Cranston (from both Drive and TV's Breaking Bad) does a terrific job with Gordon's conflicted voice. But McKenzie (from The O.C. and Southland) seems too young and complacent for Batman; he sounds more like a frat boy than a tormented loner. Moreover, for a movie this short, too many supporting parts are fighting for space; it takes place over the course of a year, so the story feels bigger than it really is. But if we allow that Gordon is actually the main character, then his journey is a fascinating one.

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