Batman Forever Reviews

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June 7, 2019
There isn't any fun to be found in watching Batman Forever.
April 15, 2019
We get lots of shouting, lame action and Nicole Kidman spouting 90s era pop psychology.
March 30, 2019
Directed by Joel Schumacher with occasional gestures toward social commentary, and enough spectacle to mask the movie's deep-down emptiness.
January 5, 2018
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.
December 7, 2017
It's nice that The Third Man should provide a model for The Third Batman, but a pity Batman doesn't have Graham Greene's narrative drive.
October 4, 2012
As for Two-Face, my favorite Batman baddie on the printed page, Tommy Lee Jones makes a complete mockery of the character with a broad performance that's difficult to stomach.
July 19, 2012
The gulf between the dark universe Burton's film set up and the tremendously silly camp world that [Batman Forever was] hunting for was too great to hybridise the two.
July 3, 2012
Batman is transformed in to Flesh Gordon with a phallic bat mobile, Bat nipples and sexual chemistry with his young ward...
August 10, 2010
Under Joel Schumacher's helm, this third chapter is disappointing--despite a new Batman (the vain Val Kilmer), new femme, new villains and characters, new costumes and even new Batmobile.
July 16, 2010
Die-hard Batman fans will be even more disappointed with this than they were with Burton's version.
July 16, 2010
Schumacher's spin on the black-suited vigilante is as flawed as it is brilliant, as messy as it is impressive. A bit of a two-face really.
March 2, 2009
Batman Forever is louder and gaudier than Burton's films, so be prepared.
July 23, 2007
Boring and near-unwatchable; its title sums it up with cruel accuracy.
April 16, 2007
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.
April 16, 2007
Mildly diverting, brainless fun that feels like a long trailer for a better film.
April 16, 2007
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence.
October 20, 2005
The film ultimately lacks genuine suspense, and Schumacher unwisely moves the film back towards the camp of the 1960s television series.
July 5, 2005
Takes two giant steps backward.
January 20, 2005
The fatuousness of that title sums up Schumacher's approach. The director allows his few scrupulous choices to be overwhelmed by garish vaudeville.
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