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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 273 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 273

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  1. 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 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.
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    1
    I was 15 when I heard they were making a Batman movie. I couldn't wait. I went out and bought all of these Batman comics to prepare myself for this monumental occasion. Then the news starting pouring in. Tim Burton was directing. REALLY??? The director of Beetlejuice was directing??? Then came the announcement of Michael (Mr. Mom) Keaton as Batman. WHAT??? Are you **** kidding me?I was 15 when I heard they were making a Batman movie. I couldn't wait. I went out and bought all of these Batman comics to prepare myself for this monumental occasion. Then the news starting pouring in. Tim Burton was directing. REALLY??? The director of Beetlejuice was directing??? Then came the announcement of Michael (Mr. Mom) Keaton as Batman. WHAT??? Are you **** kidding me? It just got worse from there, but as a kid, I still had to see this for myself. I was there at the first showing with the rest of the poor suckers hoping to see a good superhero movie. Boy were we wrong. Wrong in the worst way. There is no way that someone can do this much stupid by accident! The acting was atrocious, no story, the worst Joker of all time, a rubber Batman costume, a city painted black, and a director that didn't seem to give even one **** about what he was doing and how many people he was hurting. The only way anyone could possibly like this movie is if they are legally retarded, or this is the fist movie that anyone has ever seen! Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2012
    0
    What do people see in this movie? I saw it when it came out when I was a little kid and hated it. Now that I'm an adult, I thought that perhaps I didn't have the ability to appreciate whatever it was that people loved about this movie, so I watched it again. And I still hate it, LOL. I don't know where to begin, frankly, because every aspect of this movie, from the completely unfaithfulWhat do people see in this movie? I saw it when it came out when I was a little kid and hated it. Now that I'm an adult, I thought that perhaps I didn't have the ability to appreciate whatever it was that people loved about this movie, so I watched it again. And I still hate it, LOL. I don't know where to begin, frankly, because every aspect of this movie, from the completely unfaithful representation of the comic book characters to the cringingly awkward dialogue and perplexing moment to moment decisions to the stiff and contrived flow of action, made this one of the biggest wastes of time I've spent in a while. I just finished watching the scene where Bruce Wayne confronts the joker in Vicki Vale's apartment. Oh yeah, you fanboys know what I'm talking about and every one of you knows when you saw that scene even your reaction was, "And Bruce Wayne did that because....?". That reaction pretty much sums up my sentiments for almost every character in every scene in the entire movie. Don't waste your time with this movie. The new Chris Nolan ones are at least compelling and rational, even if they aren't completely adherent to the comic book themes. Stick with them and may this movie be buried for eternity at the bottom of the $5 DVD bin at your local Walmart! Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What the hell is this, this barely has anything to do with the comic first off Batman dosent kill people, second Joker disnt kill Batman's parents that is stupid Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2014
    1
    So I watched this the other night having never seen the original batman movie by Tim Burton. I heard arguments from people that it was better than the Dark Knight Trilogy created by Christopher Nolan. Um....might be one of the worst incarnations of the Caped Crusader ever made. First off, there is a major problem with michael keaton as batman. This fool was wearing glasses as bruce wayne,So I watched this the other night having never seen the original batman movie by Tim Burton. I heard arguments from people that it was better than the Dark Knight Trilogy created by Christopher Nolan. Um....might be one of the worst incarnations of the Caped Crusader ever made. First off, there is a major problem with michael keaton as batman. This fool was wearing glasses as bruce wayne, had kinda of curly hair and had absolutely no suave of any kind. I was trying to figure out if this guy was supposed to be a grown up peter parker or something instead of bruce wayne. But the bigger problem is Jack Nicholson as the Joker. You friken kidding me? Joker has always bean kinda of lean and skinny. Nicholson had too broad of shoulders to sell as the Joker. Didn't have the voice, didn't have the look, and minimized the craziness of the Joker. And the biggest flaw in the whole movie was that they changed Batmans orgin story of who killed his parents. A common thug kills his parents in the allyway. But not in this movie. Instead it was friken Joker when he was younger. Joker? Bullcrap man. And batman doesn't realize until near the end of the movie. The man who killed my parents was the Joker! Okay Tim Burton. Thanks for killing my fascination with batman. Expand
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    60
    Despite its interesting, grim tone and undeniably striking visuals from director Burton and production designer Furst, the film fails to synthesize its strengths into a compelling whole.
  2. 50
    The movie's problem is that no one seemed to have any fun making it, and it's hard to have much fun watching it. It's a depressing experience.
  3. 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]