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Batman Returns Reviews

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.
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
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.
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.
July 7, 2010
Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy.
July 6, 2010
Exhaustingly inventive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 16, 2007
More of the same, but nowhere near as good (funny, disturbing, obsessive) as the uneven original, revealing arrested development on every level.
April 16, 2007
Where Burton's ideas end and those of his collaborators begin is impossible to know, but result is a seamless, utterly consistent universe full of nasty notions about societal deterioration, greed and other base impulses.
January 26, 2006
Bigger, louder, more relentlessly action-packed than its predecessor, Batman Returns batters its audience into submission.
May 20, 2003
Because the film's predominant motif is that of wounded individuals re-inventing themselves as wily villains, its most memorable episodes are early ones explaining each main character's transformation.
May 12, 2001
Burton uses the summer's most explosively entertaining movie to lead us back into the liberating darkness of dreams.
January 1, 2000
Like a hyperactive 11-year-old, the director seems both uncomfortable with adult emotions and unable to focus on the overall portrait.
January 1, 2000
Comes closer than ever to Bob Kane's dark, original strip, which began in 1939.
January 1, 2000
Odd and sad, but not exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4