Batman

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    The movie fixes you in its gravitational pull. It's an enveloping, walk-in vision... As rich and satisfying a movie as you're likely to see all year.
  2. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    100
    It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  3. In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
  4. The Batblast of the summer.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    80
    Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour.
  6. 80
    Nicholson embellishes fascinatingly baroque designs with his twisted features, lavish verbal pirouettes and inspired excursions into the outer limits of psychosis. It's a masterpiece of sinister comic acting.
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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]
  8. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    Burton's Gotham City-constructed on a massive sound stage in London- is a striking blend of spindly gothic, decaying art deco and broodingly bland institutional architecture that seems to lie just a couple of subway stops down from Ridley Scott's ''Blade Runner'' and Terry Gilliam's ''Brazil.'' It's great to look at, but we seem to have been here before. [23 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
  9. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    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]
  10. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    70
    It has so many unpredictable spins that what's missing doesn't seem to matter much. The images sing. [10 July 1989]
  11. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    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]
  12. 63
    Batman is largely content to skim the surface and bask in the light of its visual style.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 404 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80
  1. Oct 30, 2010
    10
    best Michael Keaton movie ever!
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    What makes "Batman" impressive is the unpredictable creativity and live art director Tim Burton mixes in with the original idea. VeryWhat makes "Batman" impressive is the unpredictable creativity and live art director Tim Burton mixes in with the original idea. Very impressive and well made. Full Review »
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    4
    Perhaps it is because I saw the Nolan films first but I was unimpressed with the lack of plot and the mix and match thing they've got going onPerhaps it is because I saw the Nolan films first but I was unimpressed with the lack of plot and the mix and match thing they've got going on with the set. Keaton was decent and Nicholson a redeemer, but I maintain there was a negligible storyline and the poor pacing results in a film that is not engaging. Full Review »