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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unlike Burton, Schumacher doesn't let his stylistic and thematic fascinations run away with him; he keeps one hand on the wheel at all times. The result isn't as emotionally daring and visually outrageous as Burton at his best, but it's better paced and more consistently entertaining from one sequence to the next.
  2. Although the film's frenetic rhythm is reminiscent of an "Indiana Jones" picture, visually Schumacher directs it like a musical, turning each image into eye candy, weaving one lush set piece into the next, as if he were the Vincente Minnelli of blockbusters.
  3. It's an art-direction, Dolby-sound, special-effects extravaganza, a grand-scale effort that's more awe-inspiring than completely successful as entertainment.
  4. Carrey lights up an otherwise over-scripted, over-frenetic potboiler.
  5. Except for the casting, it would be difficult to find any substantial difference between this movie and the previous ones, or this movie and any number of high-tech adventure movies of the last decade.
  6. Directed by Joel Schumacher with occasional gestures toward social commentary, and enough spectacle to mask the movie's deep down emptiness.
  7. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    Schumacher's direction is coarse and slovenly: the picture has the self-conscious jokiness of the "Batman" TV series and the smudged, runny imagery of a cheaply printed comic book.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 53
  2. Negative: 13 out of 53
  1. JamesT.
    Mar 2, 2006
    The best of all five batmans jim carrey rules.
  2. Feb 10, 2014
    Batman Forever is an amazing action packed film with more gadgets than some James Bond films.
    The film has a great way of introducing the
    main characters. For example in the opening scene the film introduces Two Face, (Tommy Lee Jones) by showing how evil he is when he kills one of his own henchmen and tries to kill a cop. This opening scene also introduces Batman (Val Kimmer) as heroic because he saves the cop's life. Although I felt that the cop in this scene wasn't a very good actor. But the scene ends on a high note when Two Face escapes alive and this makes you wonder how Batman will stop him.
    The film has quite a simple plot where Batman tries to stop the evil Two Face and his insane side kick, the Riddler. This simple plot stops the viewer from feeling lost and confused like they may do in a film with a complicated plot.Another example of the great way the film introduces characters is the scene where the Riddler (Jim Carrey) is introduced. The Riddler is introduced in a good way because when he writes his 1st riddle it fills the viewers mind with mystery and a sense of trying to figure it out before the end of the film. When Jim Carrey plays the Riddler the role is unique and makes you realize just how good an actor Jim Carrey really is because as well as playing a great comedian he can also play other roles. In this role
    The special effects are also very good in a car chase scene where Two-Face's henchmen chase Batman in his bat mobile. In this scene the special effects make the driving stunts in the car chase seem very realistic.
    But the action in this film can sometimes seem too violent which might shock the viewer because the film is only rated PG.
    On the other hand the film does keep the viewer interested until the last scenes where Batman has to make a life changing decision and when the Riddler threatens to tell the whole world who Batman is.
    I would recommend this film to young adults and anyone who likes a good superhero film. I would rate the film 9/10.
  3. Sam
    Dec 16, 2005
    With its epic acting, plot, action, and emotion, Batman Forever is a classic for the ages. Oh wait, sorry, I was thinking of Batman Begins. Although it's not a great as Begins, it's still a fun movie. However, it started the worst Batman movie trend, thank god it only lasted for 2 movies. The plastic molded nipples, otherwise, it's a fun movie that shouldn't be taken TO seriously. Expand
  4. Dec 16, 2010
    Love Jim Carry love batman, but hate this movie i mean seriously he kills two face which compleley ruins the movie that's batmans only rule for those who are not batman fans Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    Val Kilmer sucks as The Caped Crusader, and Tommy Lee Jones is a miscast, but Jim Carey is vey amusing to watch. He's the perfect actor to play the Riddler, and he pulls it off with style! Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    Schumacher's Batman is more colorful, and lighthearted than Burton's. This is not a good thing. Burton's vision, though imperfect, surpasses Schumacher's in every way, shape, and form. Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2011
    This film is just so stupid. The script and overacting complete ruins the potential of this film, Not to mention that the entire film looks like you are on LCD. Expand

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