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Batman Returns Reviews

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Josh Larsen
July 31, 2016
...embraces the weirdness of the saga without a hint of hesitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
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
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
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
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 10, 2013
DeVito and Pfeiffer make formidable foes and formidable fun.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 10, 2013
Batman has begun to exhibit more of the qualities Burton finds so interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
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
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 10, 2013
Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 4, 2012
Retains the original's dark currents while adding some colorful new characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 18, 2012
Kind of a lousy Batman film, and also kind of a great Burton film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 2, 2012
A step up from "Batman" but not by much, unfortunately...
Ed Grant
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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