Parents' Guide to

Batman Begins

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart and entertaining, but also very violent.

Movie PG-13 2005 141 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 10+

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age 11+

Incredible Start to the Trilogy

I just have to put this out there. Christian Bale is the best Batman. Period. His performance is arguably unmatched, and fortunately, that is only one of the things that make this movie great. The effects are incredible, the suit is slick, and the dark theme is also welcome, as is the more realistic take on Gotham. Pretty much everything about this movie is incredible. Although, I regret that I can't say I have read the comics, but the origin of Batman in this movie seems pretty well thought out and thorough. Overall, I would very highly recommend this movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (230 ):

A meditation on the different motivations for violence, this is smart and entertaining, with some harsh action scenes. Bruce is full of grit and fury in Batman Begins, a well as grim arrogance and a sense of comedy.

Self-righteous, flagrantly emotional as well as coldly rational, Batman's sense of mission aligns him with last good cop Lt. Gordon (Gary Oldman). It also means his methods aren't always so distinct from the criminals', but he is effective, as deterrent and as what Gordon calls "escalation." Both villains and Batman can only do more.

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