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Batman Returns Reviews

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July 31, 2016
...embraces the weirdness of the saga without a hint of hesitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2014
[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.
December 14, 2014
Director Tim Burton, apparently given a free hand to create a follow-up to the hugely successful 1989 Batman, marshals all his forces to create an elaborately melancholy ode to alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2013
Among the 1990s' most fruitful marriages of high-brow auteurist style and pulp source material. A Burtonesque layer cake: at bottom, his take on German Expressionism; then the Gotham grotesquerie; topping it all off is a fissuring, fracturing fairytale.
December 3, 2013
Batman Returns, though, is full of grim, Dostoyevskian undertones, not to mention a multitude of bloody, violent scenes.
December 3, 2013
Even though fans of the 1960s TV show may reject its brooding atmosphere, this is still impressive stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2013
If Christopher Nolan never decided to direct a Batman movie, 'Batman Returns' would easily reign as the best film starring the Caped Crusader.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 10, 2013
DeVito and Pfeiffer make formidable foes and formidable fun.
April 10, 2013
Batman has begun to exhibit more of the qualities Burton finds so interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2013
As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2013
It's not really a movie. It's a painting and Burton is a painter, a Hieronymus Bosch for our time. The thing seems to come straight from his subconscious and unspool in dream-logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2013
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.
April 10, 2013
Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original
April 10, 2013
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.
April 10, 2013
As in the first movie, Burton gives the material a luxurious masked-ball quality and a sly contemporary wit without violating the myth's low, cheesy comic-book origins.
April 10, 2013
Burton and company return to the prickly humor that gave such a jolt to the earlier film -- frequently finding it in unexpected places.
April 10, 2013
Batman Returns is as bitter as it is biting. Ingenious though it is, it makes you squirm as often as it makes you laugh.
January 16, 2013
This time the richness of the Batman movie is not in its production design but rather in Burton's and screenwriter Daniel Waters' Freudian view of adult human behavior.
October 4, 2012
Retains the original's dark currents while adding some colorful new characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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