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Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed. Read critic reviews

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Critic Reviews for Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (5)

  • The mask of the phantasm is the mask that Bruce Wayne puts on every day, and if he falls into the abyss, he risks a life like Andrea's: completely alone.

    January 22, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The violence is too realistic (though not terribly graphic) to qualify as cartoony escapism, yet the movie lacks the sophistication, vision or satirical edge to lay claim to any higher purpose. It's merely dark for dark's sake.

    April 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • While the script and pedigree of actors are commendable, the craft level is too close to the small-screen offering to get audiences into theaters.

    April 16, 2007
  • Heroic stuff.

    June 22, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The actor's voices may suit animated television characters, but on a large screen Kevin Conroy's Batman, Mark Hamill's Joker, and Dana Delany's Andrea sound flat and one-dimensional.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • It has style to spare. And for any kid at heart whose breath catches at the sight of a caped figure swooping across the sky, it has moments when your lungs will be stopped by a Dark Knight to dream on.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 20, 2020
    An adult story that looks at both sides of what it must be like to be The Batman, downplaying for a change the vigilante crime-fighter side to consider aspects of what could be the real world price of deciding to run around in tights and a cape. Better than average.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2016
    Better than I thought but the pace in this film was shocking, Too many flashbacks and they over complicated the plot but the last 20 minutes were very good and the voice cast were good too, But for its short run time it does tend to drag allot.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2015
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a brilliant piece of animation that shows off the greatness of the Batman animated series. The story is dark and mature for the younger audience, and the voice acting of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill is fantastic as usual. While it may be short, it no doubt showed many people why Batman is the best superhero around.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2014
    A very true-to-character and moving Batman story. Certainly the best Batman story put to the big screen behind 'Batman Begins.' Truly shows a compelling tale of Batman's 'origins' -- which here are multifaceted. Beautiful art and a very strong and evocative soundtrack. The film as a whole is between a 4 and a 4.5 for me -- almost moved me to tears at the end, so I will give it closer to a 4.5. One only wonders how much more of a masterpiece it could have been if put to film with actors, a crew, and a competent live action director. It has heart.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer

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