Jumping on board the late train having only seen this movie tonight; usually I don't take this long to see such epic movies but me and my movie pal have both been sick the past couple of weeks.
As expected from a Christopher Nolan movie, the acting and script are top notch. No wanky "help meeee Batmannn" characters. Like some people I found Bane to be hard to understand sometimes (and the dialogue was actually re-done as the first version was even more unintelligible) but Tom Hardy adds a great physical/psychological presence to the character. I am somewhat disappointed that such a epic and central character was unceremoniously killed off with a cannon blast to the chest by Catwoman of all people. Anne Hathaway also did a great job with Catwoman; looking back thank Christ there was no lame 'cat' jokes (ala Batman Returns or the TV series) and in fact I don't think there was no reference to her as "Catwoman", just the "Cat Burglar". Joseph Gordon-Levitt as one of the main new characters probably didn't have much of a chance to shine like Bane or Catwoman, but man, oh man, my jaw dropped when in the end his name was revealed as "Robin John Blake", because my first name is Robin as well and it was a sneaky reference.
The overall plot was a little overloaded with separate elements, but I found the same thing with The Dark Knight. Batman Begins to me seems like the simplest and smoothest flowing movie of the trilogy. TDKR also tied back a LOT to the first movie which seemed a little jarring. I wonder if the movie would've worked better if it touched on the Dark Knight (i.e. Batman's fugitive status and Harvey Dent) but mostly stood on it's own plot device.
I could nitpick the movie to death, but overall it was enjoyable, epic and worth my money. 8.5/10.