Batman Returns


Batman Returns

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Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.



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In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the legendary hero does battle against the mysterious Cat Woman and the diabolical Penguin. Gotham City faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Can Batman (Michael Keaton) battle two formidable foes at once? Especially when one wants to be mayor and the other is romantically attracted to Bruce Wayne?

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Danny DeVito
as The Penguin
Michael Gough
as Alfred Pennyworth
Cristi Conaway
as Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski
as Charles 'Chip' Shreck
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner James Gordon
Paul Reubens
as Penguin's Father
Rick Zumwalt
as Tattooed Strongman
Anna Katarina
as Poodle Lady
Gregory Scott Cummins
as Acrobat Thug One
Erika Andersch
as Knifethrower Dame
Travis McKenna
as Fat Clown
Branscombe Richmond
as 1st Terrifying Clown
Vincent Schiavelli
as Organ Grinder
Diane Salinger
as Penguin's Mother
Sean Whalen
as Paperboy
Stuart Lancaster
as Penguin's Doctor
Cal Hoffman
as Happy Man
Joey de Pinto
as 1st Shreck Security Guard
Joan Jurige
as Happy Woman
Rosie O'Connor
as Adorable Little Girl
Erik Onate
as Aggressive Reporter
Joey DePinto
as 1st Shreck Security Guard
Steven Brill
as Gothamite 1
Neal Lerner
as Gothamite 2
Frank di Elsi
as Security 1
Ashley Tillman
as Gothamite 3
Elizabeth Sanders
as Gothamite 4
Joan Giammarco
as Female Victim
Lisa Coles
as Volunteer Bimbo
Frank DiElsi
as Security 1
Biff Yeager
as Security 2
Robert Gossett
as TV Anchorman
Adam Drescher
as Crowd Member
Robert N. Bell
as Emperor Penguin
Niki Botelho
as Emperor Penguin
Susan Rossitto
as Emperor Penguin
Margarita Fernandez
as Emperor Penguin
Denise Killpack
as Emperor Penguin
Felix Silla
as Emperor Penguin
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Emperor Penguin
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Critic Reviews for Batman Returns

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (19)

  • There are flashes of commercially oriented action and humor, but the overall feeling is one of a languid depression sprung straight from the heart of its author.

    Dec 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying.

    Dec 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.

    Apr 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's the kind of film which has great stills but never quite comes alive when it actually moves -- likely to win at the box-office quicker than it does in the mind.

    Apr 10, 2013 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Top Critic
  • Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original

    Apr 10, 2013

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Burton, once an animator at Disney, understands that to go deeper, you must fly higher, to liberation from plot into poetry. Here he's done it. This Batman soars.

    Apr 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Batman Returns

Much more of a Burton film than a Batman film, in retrospect. Better than the original, though.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

The Caped Crusader's return is even darker and erotic than the first. Batman Return displays true starpower with Keaton, Pfeiffer, Walken and DeVito playing magnificently. Tim Burton once again extends his film-making vision to newer heights. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Once again, the performance of the villain is superior to Michael Keaton's moderate portrayal of Batman. This time, our main foe is the Penguin, played by none other than Danny Devito. His performance makes him almost as sophisticated and disturbing as Nicholson's Joker. With Christopher Walken as a supporting role, it makes it seem that this is a superb sequel. However, I felt that Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman was more focused on being seductive, rather being a clever feline thief. Overall, it doesn't feel superior to the predecessor, but remains as entertaining.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


Now unlike the first Batman, this one I have a little hard of a time respecting this. For one thing, this completely rips apart the lore of Batman and the characters involved in this film. Penguin is not a little fish man and Catwoman is not a... well... cat. Though I can understand artistic liberties, I think Burton takes it a little too far in this film. That said, I do enjoy this movie as an original film. It's got an interesting and ORIGINAL story I could get invested with and ORIGINAL characters I can get enjoyment out of.

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

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