Batman Returns


Batman Returns

Critics Consensus

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?


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 (80) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (17)

  • A strange beast.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

Audience Reviews for Batman Returns

  • Jun 20, 2016
    The highlight of this film would have to be the villains. Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman and Danny DeVito's Penguin were nearly flawless. Keaton also turns in a good performance as Bruce Wayne and Batman, but the script lacks a little in what the first film brought to the screen. The campy circus henchmen were a necessary evil, but took a little away from the film unfortunately. The dynamic between Keaton and Pfeiffer really made up for a lot of what the film was lacking.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    My favourite of the batman films (as of May 2016) and one that is really in a league of its own. Poor old Tim had a hard time making his version of Batman with the predecessor, and finally had granted some more creative control here. It's a long story but basically, Tim Burton is the guy who could have easily made the best superhero movies EVER, but got fucked around by the studios and thier greed for money. What's new eh? Anyway, this is actually a very dark (albeit appropriately comical) meditation on loneliness and the urge for love and sexual gratification, and how it can drive people mad. Fucking love this flick. Danny De Vito at his best and Michelle at hers, no doubt.
    Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2016
    Batman Returns is slightly better than the first movie. Danny DeVito is perfectly casted as The Penguin, he is creepy and at the same time you see where he's coming from. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman... arguably the best portrayal of Catwoman on screen! Michael Keaton is again good as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Overall Batman Returns is really good, I like it slightly more than the previous film and this film is great nostalgic, stylish, darkly comic fun!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2016
    Returning us to Tim Burton's hauntingly atmospheric version of Gotham, this delightfully funereal sequel indulges the director's vision all the more while introducing some iconic iterations of classic villains. If Batman was a comic book movie directed by Tim Burton, then Batman Returns is a Tim Burton movie about a comic book character. Lured back by Warner Brothers after the mega-success of the first go-round, the auteur boasts more control on this follow-up, which makes the Caped Crusader a supporting character in the director's own dark carnival. In Burton's PG-13-rated sequel to Batman, a corrupt businessman (Christopher Walken) and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman (Keaton) can stop them, while the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) has her own agenda. While some of Batman seems cartoonish, much of Batman Returns is purposely cartoonish. Still, there's no denying the entertainment value of this funtastic spectacle. While watching his indelible vision of The Penguin and Catwoman as performed by DeVito and Pfeiffer, you feel Keaton falling further into the shadows, but Burton's takes us through the looking glass into to a shadow-steeped character-filled Wonderland long before he intends on tackling Lewis Carroll. Bottom line: Dynamic Do-Over
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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