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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There's a cold intelligence at work here. Though its pleasures are plentiful enough to reward a second viewing, only Nicholson has saved Warners from a wing-clip. [23 June 1989, Life, p.1D] show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Burton's Gotham City-constructed on a massive sound stage in London- is a striking blend of spindly gothic, decaying art deco and broodingly bland institutional architecture that seems to lie just a couple of subway stops down from Ridley Scott's ''Blade Runner'' and Terry Gilliam's ''Brazil.'' It's great to look at, but we seem to have been here before. [23 June 1989, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It would be a lot better if it didn't lean exclusively on bone-crunching action for its climactic thrills, and the story continues long after its ideas have started to sag. [29 June 1989, Arts, p.10] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Batman is largely content to skim the surface and bask in the light of its visual style. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie's problem is that no one seemed to have any fun making it, and it's hard to have much fun watching it. It's a depressing experience. show more

  • 80

    Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Despite its interesting, grim tone and undeniably striking visuals from director Burton and production designer Furst, the film fails to synthesize its strengths into a compelling whole. show more

  • 100
    Washington Post

    The movie fixes you in its gravitational pull. It's an enveloping, walk-in vision... As rich and satisfying a movie as you're likely to see all year. show more

  • February 05, 2012 Dry Master
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    Great! Jack did a great upgraded joker since the 60's. I love the story and was great! I think The Dark Knight was better but for this movies time, I love it!

  • March 21, 2011 danielbills8800
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    good acting and costumes enhance this good looking film. Basinger, keaton and Nicholoson do good work here. The score is a step up fro the action sequences. A shocking ending helps.

  • December 29, 2010 Weston
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    Loved It!!!!!

  • May 20, 2008 zmanmich
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    Good movie..

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