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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Reviews

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

July 25, 2012

Quintessential Batman and a quality cartoon.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 18, 2008
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 27, 2008

One of the best movie versions of Batman ever

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2008
Leonard Klady
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 16, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2007

Empire Magazine

Heroic stuff.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

June 22, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Excellent, highly stylized animation.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 27, 2004
Fred Topel

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

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Widgett Walls

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

| Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2002
Clint Morris

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

| Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Animated or not, this is the best Batman movie.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2002
IGN Movies

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.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 8, 2002
Scott Weinberg

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

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
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