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Batman Reviews

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Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2015
Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.
Josh Larsen
June 29, 2014
Nicholson isn't only offering a brilliant bit of self-parody here, he's doing it in service to the character
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 11, 2014
It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton's Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan's genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
October 25, 2013
Nicholson's Joker is a villain worthy of a real superhero and Keaton's Batman gets to perform some cinematic superheroics of the first order.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
August 25, 2013
Highly recommended even for fans who think Batman begins and ends with Nolan's trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 10, 2013
It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 10, 2013
[Nicholson] has never been more commanding. Not only because he does an outstanding job, but also because so much of the movie's creative energy is devoted to making the Joker one of the most startling movie characters in recent memory.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 10, 2013
The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 10, 2013
As Robin might have said of this semi-boondoggle: "Holy overkill!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2013
The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 10, 2013
Michael Keaton makes a credible hero, and Jack Nicholson is downright manic as his nemesis.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2013
Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 4, 2012
Even though its standing has diminished in the wake of the countless superhero flicks that emerged in the new millennium, the pros still outweigh the cons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 17, 2012
Only minor Burton, with hindsight on our side, and its chief merits and flaws are as one of the formative texts of superhero cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 1, 2012
While Keaton and Nicholson are dazzling in their roles, Burton never quite finds much to explore with Bruce Wayne, and that's wasted potential.
Ed Grant
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stylish, violent, and often dull Batman adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
A dark and refreshing interpretation of one of comic kingdom's most beloved characters, Batman successfully wiped away the memory of the camp 1960s television show and proved that comic book movies can be highly entertaining viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
The element of surprise appears in every frame of this motion picture, creating a rich sense of joy and mystery that seems to befuddle Burton and his primitive instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 24, 2009
...Batman hasn't gone totally stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2008
Visually arresting but dramatically undernourished, the film suffers from bland characterization (particularly by Basinger's Vicki and the other "good" crime fighters) and is ultimately saved by Jack Nicholson's bravura turn as the diabolical Joker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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