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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.

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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.more
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


Danny DeVito
as The Penguin
Michael Gough
as Alfred Pennyworth
Cristi Conaway
as Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski
as Charles 'Chip' Shrec...
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner James G...
Paul Reubens
as Penguin's Father
John Strong
as Sword Swallower
Rick Zumwalt
as Tattooed Strongman
Anna Katarina
as Poodle Lady
Gregory Scott Cummin...
as Acrobat Thug One
Erika Andersch
as Knifethrower Dame
Travis McKenna
as Fat Clown
Doug Jones
as Thin Clown
Branscombe Richmond
as 1st Terrifying Clown
Vincent Schiavelli
as Organ Grinder
Diane Salinger
as Penguin's Mother
Sean Whalen
as Paperboy
Stuart Lancaster
as Penguin's Doctor
Cal Hoffman
as Happy Man
Joey de Pinto
as 1st Shreck Security ...
Joan Jurige
as Happy Woman
Rosie O'Connor
as Adorable Little Girl
Erik Onate
as Aggressive Reporter
Joey DePinto
as 1st Shreck Security ...
Steven Brill
as Gothamite 1
Neal Lerner
as Gothamite 2
Frank di Elsi
as Security 1
Ashley Tillman
as Gothamite 3
Elizabeth Sanders
as Gothamite 4
Joan Giammarco
as Female Victim
Lisa Coles
as Volunteer Bimbo
Frank DiElsi
as Security 1
Biff Yeager
as Security 2
Robert Gossett
as TV Anchorman
Adam Drescher
as Crowd Member
Robert N. Bell
as Emperor Penguin
Niki Botelho
as Emperor Penguin
Susan Rossitto
as Emperor Penguin
Margarita Fernandez
as Emperor Penguin
Denise Killpack
as Emperor Penguin
Felix Silla
as Emperor Penguin
Debbie Lee Carringto...
as Emperor Penguin
Michael Murphy
as The Mayor
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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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