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Batman & Robin (1997)


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 76

Critics Consensus: Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 550,709



Movie Info

Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

PG-13 (sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters:
Oct 21, 1997
Warner Home Video



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Critic Reviews for Batman & Robin

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (76) | DVD (12)

Of all modern Batmans, George Clooney bears the closest physical resemblance to the comic-book hero, but there isn't much to say about his performance because there isn't much performance to discuss.

Full Review… | June 18, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The movie has its entertaining flashes, but there's too much bat-jive and bat-hokum.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In terms of new twists or narrative momentum. Poison Ivy, the sinuous villainess, is the only relief from the onslaught of spoofy humor, special effects and meaningless comic book mayhem.

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Washington Post
Top Critic

[A] loud, long and pointless spectacle.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Batman & Robin won't kill the popular series, but it ought to slow it down a tad.

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Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

There's plenty to look at but nothing to feel.

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New York Daily News
Top Critic

Thurman aside, B&R is about what you've come to expect: loud, frenzied, brawling and fixated on sleek, shiny, high-tech vehicles and gadgetry.

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People Magazine

Batman & Robin is less a movie than a razzle-dazzle video game.

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Christian Science Monitor

Clooney manages to keep even these scenes afloat with consistent good humor and unforced charm.

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Baltimore Sun

Batman & Robin is as bad as anything on screen this year.

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Schumacher piles on the action, but this is still the least satisfying entry in the series.

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Radio Times

Predictably dismal pop-operatic guff.

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Total Film

Keaton, Kilmer and Clooney. Sounds like a law firm. Look for a fourth partner soon.

Full Review… | June 18, 2014
Philadelphia Daily News

Nothing here approximates a consistent or engrossing story. Instead, we're left with clumsily filmed action sequences that are full of sound and fury, but signify nothing.

Full Review… | June 18, 2014
Tulsa World

I've seen colonic X-rays more visually appealing than what Schumacher throws up on the screen.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Batman & Robin

Well, at least Chris O'Donnell's nice to look at -- but that's about it for the "positives". The rest is a boring mess.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A visual treat, but an overall trick. Batman & Robin fails to deliver with senseless innuendos as well as uninspiring performances from most of its cast. 1/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Well... where to start... If you watch this thing simply just to rip it apart then you will have the time of your life with this moving picture... until Poison Ivy and Bane come into the picture. Then it just becomes sad. This film is NOTHING but ice puns and bat nipples. Just thinking about this makes me depressed. I'm sorry for bringing this up.

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

After Joel Schumacher reinvented the franchise with Batman Forever, which was a decent entry, nothing awful or great either, this film proved to be his downfall. This would thankfully be his final Batman film. What makes this film so bad is the lack of seriousness and stupid villains that though appear in the comics, are just wasted here due to a poor script where the writers decided to write wicked one liner. I was being sarcastic. This film's writing is sloppy, so one dimensional that you just don't care for anything that happens on-screen. This film was awful. The sets looked like garbage and costumes looked way too ridiculous. I mean this film was so over the top, it was painful. I hated the film. Everything about the film is sloppy, and nothing works. The film just fails on every level. One of the things that kill the film is the acting, everyone overacts in their parts. This is the worst Batman film of all. Horrible, poorly constructed and it shows Joel Schumacher's total disregard for the subject matter. This is a film that is definitely not worth watching. In fact I refuse to admit that this one exists. The filmmakers overproduced everything, and when big on this one. However this film proves that bigger production values are not necessarily better. In the hands of a more capable director a bigger production scope would have been better, but with Schumacher he turns his Batman into a joke. The scriptwriting here is sloppy, poorly written, and it all seems it was written as a first draft. Hell, I could have written a better script than this. This is a bad film that just ruins one of the greatest superheroes ever created. However the best about this film is that if it didn't exist, then we would never have Christopher Nolan's excellent trilogy. This film was a mistake to be made, and if you've never seen it, you are very lucky. Don't even plan to watch this to see how bad it is, it's bad. Batman & Robin is not only Schumacher's worst film; it also is the worst film in the superhero genre. With a bad cast that overact everything, poor script, poor directing and poor looking sets, Batman & Robin fails to be an effective entertaining and ultimately fun picture to truly deliver something good. Luckily Christopher Nolan stepped in and brought the prestige back into Batman.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Batman & Robin Quotes

Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley: I probably should've mentioned this earlier, I'm poison
– Submitted by Davis P (4 months ago)
Batman/Bruce Wayne: Never leave the cave without it!
– Submitted by Sean F (13 months ago)
Batman/Bruce Wayne: One Million. Robin/Dick Grayson: Two Million. Batman/Bruce Wayne: You don't have it, three million. Robin/Dick Grayson: I'll borrow it from you, four million. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Five million. Robin/Dick Grayson: That's a utility belt, not a money belt, six million. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Seven million. Never leave the cave without it.
– Submitted by Joe N (14 months ago)
Batman/Bruce Wayne: I love you old man. Alfred Pennyworth: And I love you too.
– Submitted by Joe N (14 months ago)
Batman/Bruce Wayne: Freeze, You're mad!
– Submitted by Jonathan V (16 months ago)
Robin/Dick Grayson: I want a car! Chicks dig the car. Batman/Bruce Wayne: This is why Superman works alone.
– Submitted by Jonathan V (16 months ago)

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