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Batman Forever (1995)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 34

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

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

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

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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

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Batman Forever is in and out but wins in the end by staying true to its unbridled comic spirit.

May 12, 2001
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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.

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

The gulf between the dark universe Burton's film set up and the tremendously silly camp world that [Batman Forever was] hunting for was too great to hybridise the two.

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

Batman is transformed in to Flesh Gordon with a phallic bat mobile, Bat nipples and sexual chemistry with his young ward...

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

A flashy movie that's more like a video game.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Under Joel Schumacher's helm, this third chapter is disappointing--despite a new Batman (the vain Val Kilmer), new femme, new villains and characters, new costumes and even new Batmobile.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Die-hard Batman fans will be even more disappointed with this than they were with Burton's version.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)
Film4

Hasn't aged very well.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This is a film not designed to be the best piece of pop art it can possibly be, but calculated to draw the widest possible demographics in order to please WB's merchandising partners.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Batman Forever is louder and gaudier than Burton's films, so be prepared.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Boring and near-unwatchable; its title sums it up with cruel accuracy.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (9)
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June 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Screen It! | Comment (1)
Screen It!

Mildly diverting, brainless fun that feels like a long trailer for a better film.

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

The film ultimately lacks genuine suspense, and Schumacher unwisely moves the film back towards the camp of the 1960s television series.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Takes two giant steps backward.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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Kilmer's appeal in the role may be partially due to the fact that his actual public persona resembles Bruce Wayne more closely than that of any other Bat-thespian.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com | Comment (1)
LYTRules.com

The fatuousness of that title sums up Schumacher's approach. The director allows his few scrupulous choices to be overwhelmed by garish vaudeville.

January 20, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Batman Forever

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
August 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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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...
August 6, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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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.
July 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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When I was a kid I absolutely loved this movie. I remember watching it on VHS probably 50 times. Looking back and rewatching, what the hell was I thinking? This is still entertaining, but it's a product for kids and the 90's. I saw the 90's, because of all the neon colors, overacting, and Two-Face having a red and black ying yang sign on his parachute. Speaking of Two-Face, Harvey Dent was in the first "Batman" as a black man. How the hell did he become Tommy Lee Jones? The first two Batman movies were dark, this is more towards the old Adam West version. The music is comical(although the soundtrack is great), it has Robin who is a joke no matter what the movie/show/comic. The villains are both so far over the top, they aren't scary at all. Actually, the Riddler suffers from the same problem I had with the Joker in the first Batman movie. It's as if it's the Riddler doing a Jim Carrey impersonation. Carrey just played himself like he always does, whereas Tommy Lee Jones was completely different than he ever has been. Val Kilmer is an OK Batman, but Michael Keaton was much better. Overall, this is better than numbers 2 and 4, but not as good as 1. Joel Schumacher took the franchise over from Tim Burton, and should have stopped here, because his efforts only get worse in the next installment.
July 14, 2012
Everett Johnson

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    1. Batman / Bruce Wayne: I don't blend in at a family picnic.
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
    1. Batman / Bruce Wayne: We all wear masks.
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
    1. Batman / Bruce Wayne: Just like my parents. Its happening again... a monster comes out of the night, a scream, 2 shots.... I killed them.
    2. Alfred Pennyworth: What did you say?
    3. Batman / Bruce Wayne: He killed them, Two-Face. He slaughtered that boys parents.
    4. Alfred Pennyworth: No, no you said "I" "I killed them".
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
    1. Dr. Chase Meridian: My opinion? This letter writer is a total wacko.
    2. Batman / Bruce Wayne: Wacko? that a technical term?
    3. Dr. Chase Meridian: Patient may suffer from obsessional syndrome with potential homicidal tendencies. Does that work better for you?
    4. Batman / Bruce Wayne: So, what you're saying is, this guy's a total wacko?
    5. Dr. Chase Meridian: Exactly.He's obsessed with you. His only escape may be to purge the fixation.
    6. Batman / Bruce Wayne: To kill me.
    7. Dr. Chase Meridian: I think you understand obsession more than you let on.
    8. Batman / Bruce Wayne: ...... You have a thing for bats?
    9. Dr. Chase Meridian: Oh that's a Rorschach Mr. Wayne, an ink blot, people see what they want. I think the question would be, do you have a thing for a bats?
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
    1. Dr. Chase Meridian: Does it ever end Alfred?
    2. Alfred Pennyworth: No Dr. Meridian, not in this lifetime.
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
    1. Dr. Chase Meridian: Edward.
    2. Riddler/Edward Nygma: Who... is it?
    3. Dr. Chase Meridian: Its Dr. Meridian, Chase... you remember me?
    4. Riddler/Edward Nygma: How could I forget?
    5. Dr. Chase Meridian: Dr. Burton tells me, you know who Batman is?
    6. Riddler/Edward Nygma: I can't tell you if you don't say please!
    7. Dr. Chase Meridian: Edward please, Who is Batman!?
    8. Riddler/Edward Nygma: I'm! Batman!
    – Submitted by Mikey M (3 months ago)
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