Supposedly a superhero movie for grown-ups, this is actually a pretentious farrago.
It was, however, easily the biggest box-office hit of 1989, and one of the highest grossing films in history, a testament more to its massive marketing campaign than to its quality.
| Original Score: 3/4
Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.
The conceptual side of the movie--two rather sick two-sided antagonists having it out in a black and sordid context -- lingers.
Wow. I can't believe how little I enjoyed about this movie after all of these years of NOT having seen it.
| Original Score: 5/10
Burton brings back film noir elements to the new Batman, elevating it to a dark, demented opera.
In the end, one's reaction to Burton's blockbuster is little more than that of the Joker to Batman: 'Where did he get those wonderful toys?'
The movie that gave birth to the summer blockbuster remains impressive.
| Original Score: 4/5
The story is a mess… Scenes and lines of dialogue make no sense… Keaton makes hardly any impression in the role, in or out of the mask.
| Original Score: C
...the yardstick by which all subsequent Batman movies are measured.
| Original Score: 8/10
A cynical cinematic masterpiece.
Despite a handful of good minor performances -- Michael Gough is the definitive Alfred -- and despite some striking bits of music from Prince, it really has nothing of its own to offer.
| Original Score: 2/5
That Nicholson could make this homicidal maniac so sympathetic is a testament to his performance.
| Original Score: 5/5
As a movie spectacle, it delivered. As Batman, well...it got a lot of things wrong.
Uneven in tone, but Keaton's great and the movie just looks like a million bucks.
| Original Score: 4/5
Despite its failings...a hugely influential movie with literally towering design, mordant wit, and a hall-of-fame performance by Jack Nicholson.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[It] provides two hours of more than solid entertainment.
| Original Score: 7/10
A dark reinvention of the Batman legend; the only offkey piece is Jack Nicholson's way over the top performance.
Good film...it kind of reeks of the '80s now, but it's still dark fun.
Bring back Adam West.
| Original Score: 1/5