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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 5

Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed.

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Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed.

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This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown psychotic. The story describes the origins of Batman as it follows the Dark Knight's attempts to capture the elusive, deadly Phantasm

Dec 21, 1999

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The violence is too realistic (though not terribly graphic) to qualify as cartoony escapism, yet the movie lacks the sophistication, vision or satirical edge to lay claim to any higher purpose. It's merely dark for dark's sake.

April 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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While the script and pedigree of actors are commendable, the craft level is too close to the small-screen offering to get audiences into theaters.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (5)
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The actor's voices may suit animated television characters, but on a large screen Kevin Conroy's Batman, Mark Hamill's Joker, and Dana Delany's Andrea sound flat and one-dimensional.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (16)
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Closer to radio drama than kiddie fare, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the strangest PG film of the year.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Fans of classical animation are hereby warned to steer clear of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, for it will put them in instant vapor-lock and there aren't enough ambulances available this time of year.

April 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Among the boldest and most ambitious stories ever attempted in its franchise, and it is as acute, and compelling, and satisfyingly Batmanny as any of the Batman features, if not moreso.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Quintessential Batman and a quality cartoon.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

managed to soar above the theatrical Batman adaptation, and would remain the best Bat Movie to hit the big screens until Batman Begins shook things up in 2005

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

One of the best movie versions of Batman ever

February 2, 2008

This absorbing adventure should resonate with those who take the notion of heroism seriously -- especially adolescent boys.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Heroic stuff.

June 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Respects the character...and winningly combines personal drama and clever themes with intrigue and action to tell a story in keeping with Batman's classic comic adventures.

February 15, 2005
Groucho Reviews

Excellent, highly stylized animation.

December 27, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Really good animated movie. Full of action, excitement and character.

July 25, 2003
About.com

The best, most true-to-the-character adaptation of Batman for the big screen. Simply put: animation succeeded everywhere Burton and Schumacher failed.

October 26, 2002
Needcoffee.com

They should've released this to theatres instead of "Batman and Robin"

September 17, 2002 | Comments (3)
Moviehole

Animated or not, this is the best Batman movie.

August 16, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

What the live action Batman films should be and could be if the Warner Brother execs could pull their heads out long enough to realize it. Frankly, the live action Bat-films are embarassing compared to this and the other animated films.

August 8, 2002
KJB
IGN Movies

Infinitely more entertaining than the last two live-action Batventures.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Sadly, it seems more care was taken with the jazzy ad campaign than with the movie itself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (6)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It has style to spare. And for any kid at heart whose breath catches at the sight of a caped figure swooping across the sky, it has moments when your lungs will be stopped by a Dark Knight to dream on.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

Aside from Christopher Nolan's recent interpretations, this is the best Batman movie out there. A harrowing origin story for how Bruce Wayne became Batman combined with a noir-esque femme fetale romance and one hell of an unexpected plot twist, this is an excellent film. The animation has also aged gracefully.
February 12, 2014
MovieGeek13

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I remember when Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm first came out, it was around the same time as Batman returns and Tim Burton was the man. On recent viewing, it still stands up against the test of time. It's far better than Batman forever and Batman & Robin anyway - although that's not very hard to achieve. An old favorite.
August 1, 2012
SirPant

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As far as animated films are concerned, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is a film that has really stood out for me. I remember watching this one several times as a kid, and man did I enjoy it. As far as animated films are concerned, this is a classic film, and one of the best animated features that is NOT a Disney feature since 1981's Heavy Metal. Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is a must see for Batman fans everywhere and is actually just as good as Tim Burton's Batman works. This film is lavishly drawn, dark and violent. The film breaks ground by being an animated film that isn't just for kids to enjoy. The film has a thrilling, riveting story that will appeal to the die hard Batman fan. This is simply put a solid action film that even though is animated is still worth seeing by skeptics that think that animated features are only for kids. This film has a darker tone what you're usually used to in a Batman film. This is a terrific film. The voice talents are incredible and the cast deliver great performances. Along with the great art and the awesome, talented cast, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is a superb Batman film that is a definite must see film. Don't be fooled because of the animation, this is one violent film with lots of action and thrills to will satisfy anyone looking for a good action film. A well crafted film that is simply a near flawless action film, and is one of the best of the earlier Batman films.
November 25, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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So far the best Batman movie, the only time they gave him an good love interest of a character, something the live action movies have never done right.
October 14, 2011
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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    1. Commissioner Gordon: He didn't do it! It's garbage, Councilman! The Batman does not kill. You want him, you get him! I'll have no part in it.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. The Joker: I'm impressed, lady. You're harder to kill than a cockroach on steroids.
    2. Andrea Beaumont: So, you figured it out.
    3. The Joker: Gotta hand it to you, nice scheme. Costume's a bit theatrical, but hey, who am I to talk?
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. The Joker: That's it. That's what I want to see, a nice, big smile.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. The Joker: You just don't know when to quit, do you?
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. The Joker: You're crazy! I'm your only chance to get out of here! Let me go or we'll both die!
    2. Batman/Bruce Wayne: Whatever it takes!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. The Joker: Very cute! But I can blow smoke too, toots!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
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