Batman (1989)

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Critic Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.


Movie Info

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy AwardO winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter … More

Rating: PG-13 (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Warren Skaaren, Sam Hamm, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Warren Saire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Batman/Bruce Wayne

as The Joker/Jack Napie...

as Vicki Vale

as Alexander Knox

as Commissioner Gordon

as Harvey Dent

as Carl Grissom

as Alfred

as Alicia

as Bob the Goon

as Eckhardt

as Accountant

as Rotelli

as Ricorso

as Crimelord 2

as Crimelord 1

as Anchorwoman

as Anchorman

as TV Technician

as Napier Hood

as Napier Hood

as Napier Hood

as Napier Hood

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Wine Steward

as Scientist

as Dr. Wayne

as Man in Crowd

as Bob the Cartoonist

as Another Reporter

as TV Director

as Maitre d'
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Critic Reviews for Batman

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (12)

It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The conceptual side of the movie--two rather sick two-sided antagonists having it out in a black and sordid context -- lingers.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Batman

The creative vision of the Dark Knight is presented in only a way Tim Burton could do it. Batman is a charming and stylized portrayal of the DC-Comic hero. From the layout of the entire city of Gotham to the casts dynamic stamp (Keaton, Nicholson, Basinger) the Caped Crusader emerges victoriously and notoriously. 4/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

again its not one of the best superhero movies ive ever seen but its still pretty good for any fan of the comics and or Tim Burton

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michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

An interesting take on Batman, which has a high level of unrecognized faith towards the comics. Michael Keaton only gives a moderate performances as the caped crusader; nothing dire, but nothing superb. However, its really Jack Nicholson's take on the Joker that truly makes this film stand out. Not only does Nicholson give a sophisticated, hysterical and psychotic portrayal, it's one of very few performances that gets very close to the character. Its worth a try if your a comic fan and want to see some loyalty within a film. However, on the bare minimum, it only worth seeing Nicholson being creepy yet wacky.

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Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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