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Batman & Robin (1997)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 58

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.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

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.

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

Oct 21, 1997

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (58) | DVD (12)

By now, the dispatching of various comic-book meanies is the least satisfying part of the deal, no matter how many disco scenes or gizmos are thrown onto the screen.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Loud, uninspired, and interminable.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The villains, Arnold Schwarzenegger and especially Uma Thurman in this instance, remain the highlights here, as the rest of the gargantuan production lacks the dash and excitement that would have given the franchise a boost in its eighth year.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The fourth Bat-flick finds this juvenile franchise running on empty.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Campy costumes can't disguise the incoherent plot, confused performances and lame script that send this star vehicle spiralling downward.

November 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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[Schumacher's] storytelling is limp, and the characters lack energy.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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I've seen colonic X-rays more visually appealing than what Schumacher throws up on the screen.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Among the worst wide-release films of the 1990s, offering virtually nothing in the way of positive compensation other than an excellent chance to mock it with a cadre of like-minded, drunk friends.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Fails to deliver anything of merit or worth at every turn.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Same bat-time, same bat-movie.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

It has no heart, it's an empty piece of work that fails to deliver on anything other than very soft core fetishism.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This franchise has gotten aggressively unsatisfying.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A high-rent jumble sale of smarty-pants pop-culture gags and expensive tchochtkes.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This fourth modern Batman film features perhaps the worst screenplay -- or at least the worst dialogue -- ever written.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (5)
Combustible Celluloid

Schumacher's intention appears to have been to make something so awful, so corny, so campy, so preposterously bad that audiences would simply laugh at it. Sorry. Bad is bad.

October 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

I don't know anyone who'll admit to liking BATMAN AND ROBIN. Except me.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com | Comments (31)
LYTRules.com

It represents the things I really, really dislike about Hollywood and its overblown product.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Alfred posits, "For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world? An attempt to control death itself." Okay, fine, but we get this and dick jokes?

January 29, 2005
Groucho Reviews

Burton's Batman was capable of snapping criminal spine -- Schumacher's is a sissy lib who believes in redemption, if not the possibility of rehabilitation.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (3)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Like most sequels, Batman has lost steam after three.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The title that managed to kill modern-day Batman movies.

August 26, 2003 Full Review
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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
August 25, 2012
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.
August 6, 2012
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.
July 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

As a kid, I generally liked everything movie wise. I rarely ever watched a movie and said "i didn't like that at all." But at the age of 14, I knew that this movie was a stinker on every level. Clooney is horrible as Bruce Wayne. Silverstone as Batgirl? As if!(yeh, thats a "Clueless" reference). The villains are so darn hookey that the only thing this movie is missing is Adam West and a few BAM, BOOM, and WAAAMMSS! Everything about this movie is bad, and not so bad it's good, but bad as in it sucks bad. With this movie Joel Schumacher almost destroyed Batman for good(thank god for Christopher Nolan). Too busy concentrating on nipples on the suits, and showing their butts when they put on the suits, or having ice skates in there boots, he forgot to take the material serious. Instead, he made a huge joke of Batman and his entire mythology, and it's a bad joke that the Joker wouldn't even laugh at. My five year old nephew likes this movie, but I'm sure in a year or so, even he will know how lame this movie is.
July 14, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Never leave the cave without it!
    – Submitted by Sean F (8 months ago)
    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: One Million.
    2. Robin/Dick Grayson: Two Million.
    3. Batman/Bruce Wayne: You don't have it, three million.
    4. Robin/Dick Grayson: I'll borrow it from you, four million.
    5. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Five million.
    6. Robin/Dick Grayson: That's a utility belt, not a money belt, six million.
    7. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Seven million. Never leave the cave without it.
    – Submitted by Joe N (9 months ago)
    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: I love you old man.
    2. Alfred Pennyworth: And I love you too.
    – Submitted by Joe N (9 months ago)
    1. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Freeze, You're mad!
    – Submitted by Jonathan V (10 months ago)
    1. Robin/Dick Grayson: I want a car! Chicks dig the car.
    2. Batman/Bruce Wayne: This is why Superman works alone.
    – Submitted by Jonathan V (10 months ago)
    1. Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley: Enough monkey business, we've got work to do.
    2. Bane: Grr, monkey work.
    – Submitted by Joe N (12 months ago)
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