Batman Forever

1995

Batman Forever (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.

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Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Cast

Val Kilmer
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Tommy Lee Jones
as Harvey Two-Face/Harvey Dent
Jim Carrey
as Riddler/Edward Nygma
Nicole Kidman
as Dr. Chase Meridian
Chris O'Donnell
as Robin/Dick Grayson
Michael Gough
as Alfred Pennyworth
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner Gordon
Elizabeth Sanders
as Gossip Gerty
Rene Auberjonois
as Dr. Burton
Joe Grifasi
as Bank Guard
Philip Moon
as Newscaster
Jessica Tuck
as Female Newscaster
Dennis Paladino
as Crime Boss Moroni
Ed Begley Jr.
as Fred Stickley
Jon Favreau
as Assistant
Ramsey Ellis
as Young Bruce Wayne
Michael Scranton
as Thomas Wayne
Eileen Seeley
as Martha Wayne
Jack Betts
as Fisherman
Tim Jackson
as Municipal Police Guard
Daniel Reichert
as Ringmaster
Corey Jacoby
as Harvey's Thug
Glory Fioramonti
as Mom Grayson
Larry A. Lee
as Dad Grayson
Maurice Lamont
as Harvey's Thug
Jim Palmer
as Harvey's Thug
Bruce Roberts
as Handsome Reporter
Mike Smith
as Harvey's Thug
Bob Zmuda
as Electronic Store Owner
Rebecca Budig
as Teenage Girl
Peter Radon
as Harvey's Thug
Sydney D. Minckler
as Teen Gang Member
Maxine Jones
as Girl on Corner
Terry Ellis
as Girl on Corner
Cindy Herron
as Girl on Corner
Dawn Robinson
as Girl on Corner
Amanda Trees
as Paparazzi Reporter
Ria Coyne
as Socialite
Jed Curtis
as Chubby Businessman
Marga Gomez
as Journalist
Kelly Vaughn
as Showgirl
John Fink
as Deputy
Noby Arden
as Trapeze Artist
Marlene Bologna
as Trapeze Artist
Danny Castle
as Trapeze Artist
Troy S. Wolf
as Trapeze Artist
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Critic Reviews for Batman Forever

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (17)

Batman Forever is a visual tour de force, a knock-your-eyes-out effort. But it overdoes, overkills. And what starts out exhilarating ends up...exhausting.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

It doesn't add up to much, but it's certainly entertaining.

Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

By now, Jim Carrey is doing sarcastic takes on his own sarcasm, and there's something funny and a little scary in that.

Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Joel Schumacher submits to the Wagnerian bombast with an overly busy surface, and the script by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman basically runs through the formula as if it's a checklist.

Apr 16, 2007 | Full Review…

As for Kilmer, he gamely steps into the dual Batman/Wayne role but can't get much traction, finding, as Michael Keaton had, that beyond a stern jaw there's not much to be done with it, since the suit does most of the work.

Apr 16, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Batman Forever

½

With unbelievable dialogue, goofy action and ridiculous cartoonish characters, this softened Batman movie after Burton's installments is only embarrassing and laughable, with a pathetic story full of plot holes. Not even Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey can save this nonsense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Joel Schumacher does a solid job advancing the vision from Tim Burton's adaptation, but Batman Forever doesn't strike as much as the predecessors. Though Jim Carrey & Tommy Lee Jones' splendid enthusiasm hits, the less-than-entertaining action misses. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

This was the first sign of a really bad direction the studios were going with Batman. There's a difference between paying tribute to a comic book and making a comic book into a movie. I know it's beating a dead horse but I put all the blame on Schumacher. I say that because with the outrageous direction the actors were given, all the actors did the best they could. Jim Carrey was the saving factor of this film and kept if from being a disaster. That is also why I put a little blame on him for what was to come...

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

½

Looking back at Batman Forever, I think it's a decent film that is entertaining. With that said, it's still a pretty sloppy picture. This is the film where Schumacher first put nips on Batman, geez. Tim Burton delivered two solid and dark Batman films with a bit of pulp influence, which added something unique to the character. Schumacher on the other hand decided to make a more family friendly film that just doesn't have the intensity and dark qualities that made Burton's films great to watch. A decent film, but I just didn't like this film as much as the first two Batman films that Tim Burton has directed. This film as a whole is mildly entertaining and I liked it, but I really felt that something was missing to really make worth watching. The biggest problem with the film is that it tries too hard at being a family film, instead of a dark, brooding film that the two previous films were. I was a kid when this came out, and for what it was, it wasn't bad, but it left a lot to be desired. The acting is really hit and missed. The one liners are bad, but sometimes the film can be pretty entertaining. However in the end, the film is quite forgettable, and doesn't anything too interesting. One thing that bothered me the most about the film was that it was too flashy, too cheesy. I liked Jim Carrey here, when this came out it was like weird to see Carrey do anything somewhat serious. The special effects were pretty bad as well; the makeup of Two Face was horrible. Tommy Lee Jones is a great actor, but here he simply doesn't shine. The best thing about the film is Michael Gough as Alfred. I thought he gave the film some credibility, but really in the end, this Batman is just decent. Though it is very flawed, it's not the piece of garbage that Batman & Robin was and still is. If you're looking for the most family friendly Batman film, then this may be it. Schumacher definitely tried to tone down the seriousness and in turn it cheapened the feel of the film. Entertaining and fun, it is, but nonetheless it leaves you wanting more out of a Batman film. At the time of its release everyone were going nuts at how good this film was. However looking back years later, this isn't a great or good film. The film is a decent, mindless viewing nothing more. Christopher Nolan still reigns supreme as the definitive Batman director, with Tim Burton coming in second.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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