"[A] triumph -- a confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through aesthetic point of view..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (06/24/2005)
"[T]his tense, effective iteration of Bob Kane's original comic book owes its power and pleasures to a director who takes his material seriously and to a star who shoulders that seriousness with ease."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (06/15/2005)
"Christian Bale makes the best Bruce Wayne/Batman since Warner Bros. revived the franchise in 1989."
USA Today - Mike Clark (06/17/2005)
"[I]t's the flair of the set pieces that really impresses....The film delivers a pleasingly robust sense of spectacle....It is a welcome new beginning."
Sight and Sound - Edward Lawrenson (08/01/2005)
"This intimate, brooding resurrection brings the Caped Crusader back to life by sending him back to his roots."
Uncut - Chris Roberts (08/01/2005)
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lined with wry humor, the film addresses questions of corporate greed..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic (11/03/2005)
"[B]rooding, carefully crafted, and comparatively low-tech....Mr. Bale brings true gravity and pathos to the task at hand."
Film Comment - Kent Jones (11/01/2005)
Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Nolan's vision of Gotham is a hellhole straight out of Hieronymus Bosch."
Uncut - Uncut Staff (01/01/2006)
Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed, and Bale creates a hero of haunted fire."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/01/2005)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Nolan's Year One reinvention of the franchise is largely about ambiance and mood....A more sober study in psychology..."
Ultimate DVD - Richard Houldsworth (08/01/2007)