Batman Forever


Batman Forever

Critics 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


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
Glory Fioramonti
as Mom Grayson
Corey Jacoby
as Harvey's Thug
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 (66) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (40)

  • The whole thing is just that little bit wackier, perhaps closer to the 60s TV version - although Two-Face's burns are nastier than that show would have permitted.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Carol Buckland
    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

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Batman Forever

  • Jun 20, 2016
    Joel Schumacher takes over the franchise and runs it straight into the ground. Schumacher made Gotham City's skyline almost something like Blade Runner meets huge Greek statues. Script was very awkward and Nicole Kidman seemed a bit out of place other than Bruce Wayne's "token girlfriend" the entire film. Only shining light in this film is arguably the most perfect casting of the entire franchise as Jim Carrey played The Riddler. With the camp that this film has, Carrey is right at home and steals his scenes but it's not enough to save this film.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    Regressing superhero flicks back to the days of candy-colored camp, the slapsticky and recast Batman Forever sports a title that's quite apt seeing as it begins a once-edgy franchise's slow demise. Americans keep saying some historic gaffes will never happen again. But then the Iraq War follows Vietnam. And then 9/11 follows Pearl Harbor. And then Batman Forever follows Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Granted, the Caped Crusader's '60s TV adventures hold a special place in pop culture but this trippy production was a White Buffalo in the Zeitgeist. In Batman Forever, this same tone just plays out like a cartoon aimed at grade schoolers. Directing the movie as if it's a music video with quick edits, tilted angles, and garish sets, Joel Schumacher presents the gaily dressed heroes and villains such that they're always ready to break into a song and dance routine...and, sadly, not even the Batusi. In this poor excuse of a PG-13-rated sequel, Batman (Kilmer) must battle Two-Face (Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey) with help of an amorous psychologist (Nicole Kidman) and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin (Chris O'Donnell). While Tim Burton uses cartoonish elements to his advantage (his Dark Knight films are, after all, based on funny books aimed at general audiences), Schumacher goes full cartoon. As camptastic as the splashy ABC series that gave adult viewers a chuckle and young viewers some Bam! Pow! Zap! action proves to be in retrospect, the miscalculated Batman & Robin achieves the same end, which is highly unfortunate given that the character is a psychologically scarred vigilante. Val Kilmer does a fine job, but even the greatest acting in the world can't take away from the fact that Batman Forever takes the series in a needlessly silly direction. Bottom line: Utility Belted
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    Batman Forever has a very inconsistent tone, very over the top (including the villains), and overall very all over the place. Val Kilmer is good as Batman/Bruce Wayne and it does have some good moments but overall it doesn't really save this film all that much from its cheesy nature.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2016
    Thankfully Christopher Nolan came along and resurrected the Batman franchise after films like this. Bordering on campy, with some awful dialog and a pretty unbelievable plot, this addition to Batman is best forgotten, except for Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones whose performances are clearly holding this up.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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