Batman Returns (1992)



Critic Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.

Movie Info

Batman returns, this time protecting Gotham City from the Penguin who is running for mayor and Catwoman who is just having fun in her psychotic way. The two villains team up to frame the caped crusader. Dark, stylish but ultimately too much with little story to propell it.

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm, Wesley Strick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Batman Returns

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (18)

There are flashes of commercially oriented action and humor, but the overall feeling is one of a languid depression sprung straight from the heart of its author.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original

April 10, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Burton, once an animator at Disney, understands that to go deeper, you must fly higher, to liberation from plot into poetry. Here he's done it. This Batman soars.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

As in the first movie, Burton gives the material a luxurious masked-ball quality and a sly contemporary wit without violating the myth's low, cheesy comic-book origins.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Batman Returns

Much more of a Burton film than a Batman film, in retrospect. Better than the original, though.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

The Caped Crusader's return is even darker and erotic than the first. Batman Return displays true starpower with Keaton, Pfeiffer, Walken and DeVito playing magnificently. Tim Burton once again extends his film-making vision to newer heights. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Once again, the performance of the villain is superior to Michael Keaton's moderate portrayal of Batman. This time, our main foe is the Penguin, played by none other than Danny Devito. His performance makes him almost as sophisticated and disturbing as Nicholson's Joker. With Christopher Walken as a supporting role, it makes it seem that this is a superb sequel. However, I felt that Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman was more focused on being seductive, rather being a clever feline thief. Overall, it doesn't feel superior to the predecessor, but remains as entertaining.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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