Critical Consensus: Does "Batman Begins" Achieve Perfection? Does "The Perfect Man" Soar?

by | June 17, 2005 | Comments

It’s the Man-show this week: Christian Bale goes to battle with Gotham City’s bad guys in "Batman Begins," and Hilary Duff goes to battle with her mom’s loneliness in "The Perfect Man." Which is the better “Man?”

As you may have heard, the Caped Crusader is back. Back in black. This Dark Knight is experiencing a dark night of the soul, etc. However you say it, the critics largely agree that "Batman Begins" is one of the best superhero movies yet. Director Christopher Nolan has both revived the Batman series and given emotional heft to one of the most iconic of superheroes. In telling the story of the origin of this particular species of bat, Nolan’s film, currently at 81 percent on the Tomatometer, soars above the other films in the series.

Perfection is pretty hard to come by. Just ask Don Larsen, Nadia Comaneci, and, for opposite reasons, Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear. Like Batman, Duff has an arch-nemesis. No, it’s not Louie the Lilac, the Penguin, or the Riddler, it’s Lindsey Lohan. And the first shot fired in this summer battle of the teen queens turns out to be a blank. Critics say "The Perfect Man," the story of a teenage girl who contrives a secret admirer for her lonely mom is both preposterous and creepy at its core. At 10 percent on the Tomatometer, this one’s a bummer, man. It currently ranks as the 8th worst reviewed film of the year so far.

The 10 Worst Reviewed Films of the Year So Far:
(based on movies with 20 or more reviews)

1. 0% – King’s Ransom
2. 1% – Alone in the Dark
3. 4% – Son of the Mask
4. 5% – Harry and Max
5. 5% – Fascination
6. 7% – Elecktra
7. 9% – White Noise
8. 10% – The Perfect Man
9. 11% – The Wedding Date
10. 11% – House of D

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