Batman Forever (1995)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.


Movie Info

Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for strong stylized action)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Batman/Bruce Wayne

as Harvey Two-Face/Harv...

as Riddler/Edward Nygma

as Dr. Chase Meridian

as Robin/Dick Grayson

as Alfred Pennyworth

as Commissioner Gordon

as Gossip Gerty

as Dr. Burton

as Bank Guard

as Newscaster

as Female Newscaster

as Crime Boss Moroni

as Margaret

as Assistant

as Young Bruce Wayne

as Thomas Wayne

as Martha Wayne

as Fisherman

as Municipal Police Gua...

as Ringmaster

as Harvey's Thug

as Mom Grayson

as Harvey's Thug

as Dad Grayson

as Harvey's Thug

as Handsome Reporter

as Wayne Enterprise emp...

as Electronic Store Own...

as Teenage Girl

as Harvey's Thug

as Teen Gang Member

as Girl on Corner

as Girl on Corner

as Girl on Corner

as Girl on Corner

as Pilot

as Paparazzi Reporter

as Socialite

as Chubby Businessman

as Journalist

as Showgirl

as Deputy

as Trapeze Artist

as Trapeze Artist

as Trapeze Artist

as Trapeze Artist

as Harvey's Thug
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Critic Reviews for Batman Forever

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (15)

By now, Jim Carrey is doing sarcastic takes on his own sarcasm, and there's something funny and a little scary in that.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Joel Schumacher submits to the Wagnerian bombast with an overly busy surface, and the script by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman basically runs through the formula as if it's a checklist.

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

As for Kilmer, he gamely steps into the dual Batman/Wayne role but can't get much traction, finding, as Michael Keaton had, that beyond a stern jaw there's not much to be done with it, since the suit does most of the work.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film recovers from that initial confusion to get stronger as it goes along, and to shape up as a free-form playground for its various masquerading stars.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As for Two-Face, my favorite Batman baddie on the printed page, Tommy Lee Jones makes a complete mockery of the character with a broad performance that's difficult to stomach.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Batman Forever

½

Joel Schumacher does a solid job advancing the vision from Tim Burton's adaptation, but Batman Forever doesn't strike as much as the predecessors. Though Jim Carrey & Tommy Lee Jones' splendid enthusiasm hits, the less-than-entertaining action misses. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

This was the first sign of a really bad direction the studios were going with Batman. There's a difference between paying tribute to a comic book and making a comic book into a movie. I know it's beating a dead horse but I put all the blame on Schumacher. I say that because with the outrageous direction the actors were given, all the actors did the best they could. Jim Carrey was the saving factor of this film and kept if from being a disaster. That is also why I put a little blame on him for what was to come...

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

½

Looking back at Batman Forever, I think it's a decent film that is entertaining. With that said, it's still a pretty sloppy picture. This is the film where Schumacher first put nips on Batman, geez. Tim Burton delivered two solid and dark Batman films with a bit of pulp influence, which added something unique to the character. Schumacher on the other hand decided to make a more family friendly film that just doesn't have the intensity and dark qualities that made Burton's films great to watch. A decent film, but I just didn't like this film as much as the first two Batman films that Tim Burton has directed. This film as a whole is mildly entertaining and I liked it, but I really felt that something was missing to really make worth watching. The biggest problem with the film is that it tries too hard at being a family film, instead of a dark, brooding film that the two previous films were. I was a kid when this came out, and for what it was, it wasn't bad, but it left a lot to be desired. The acting is really hit and missed. The one liners are bad, but sometimes the film can be pretty entertaining. However in the end, the film is quite forgettable, and doesn't anything too interesting. One thing that bothered me the most about the film was that it was too flashy, too cheesy. I liked Jim Carrey here, when this came out it was like weird to see Carrey do anything somewhat serious. The special effects were pretty bad as well; the makeup of Two Face was horrible. Tommy Lee Jones is a great actor, but here he simply doesn't shine. The best thing about the film is Michael Gough as Alfred. I thought he gave the film some credibility, but really in the end, this Batman is just decent. Though it is very flawed, it's not the piece of garbage that Batman & Robin was and still is. If you're looking for the most family friendly Batman film, then this may be it. Schumacher definitely tried to tone down the seriousness and in turn it cheapened the feel of the film. Entertaining and fun, it is, but nonetheless it leaves you wanting more out of a Batman film. At the time of its release everyone were going nuts at how good this film was. However looking back years later, this isn't a great or good film. The film is a decent, mindless viewing nothing more. Christopher Nolan still reigns supreme as the definitive Batman director, with Tim Burton coming in second.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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