Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: June 23, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
69
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 21 Critics
Positive:
16
Mixed:
5
Negative:
0
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It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
91
Batman is perfect summertime fare. Its secret is levity hidden in a dark and troubled soul.. [23 June 1989, p.6]
88
The most memorable aspect of Batman is the film's attention to florid detail. At times, Burton's strange touches upstage the simple good-vs.-evil parable. [23 June 1989, p.H4]
75
There's a cold intelligence at work here. Though its pleasures are plentiful enough to reward a second viewing, only Nicholson has saved Warners from a wing-clip. [23 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
70
It's relatively easy to convey the claustral in interior scenes, but [designer] Furst and the director Tim Burton do it even when the setting is a great flight of steps before the municipal building or the huge square where Batman and the joker confront each other. [31 July 1989, p.24]
70
It has so many unpredictable spins that what's missing doesn't seem to matter much. The images sing. [10 July 1989]
63
It would be a lot better if it didn't lean exclusively on bone-crunching action for its climactic thrills, and the story continues long after its ideas have started to sag. [29 June 1989, Arts, p.10]