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  • Summary: Tim Burton's 1989 Blockbuster introduces us to the origins of Gotham City's fearless crimestopper Batman (Keaton) and his arch-enemy The Joker (Nicholson).
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  4. 70
    It has so many unpredictable spins that what's missing doesn't seem to matter much. The images sing. [10 July 1989]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. The Joker has been demoted into a broad-scale sociopath, without a tempter's power or a mythic villain's complexity. And that's the movie's real undoing. [23 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 73
  2. Negative: 9 out of 73
  1. Myles#13
    Sep 6, 2006
    10
    This is the superhero movie of our day and defined the genre. Burton delivered the Batman that Bob Kane envisioned when he first developed This is the superhero movie of our day and defined the genre. Burton delivered the Batman that Bob Kane envisioned when he first developed the character. Don't listen to the doubters... Michael Keaton IS Batman and Jack Nicholson IS the Joker- both actors are at the top of their game in this film. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    Batman is a dark and violent superhero movie. Michael Keaton is the best Batman ever! The best Batman movie ever! Batman must stop the evilBatman is a dark and violent superhero movie. Michael Keaton is the best Batman ever! The best Batman movie ever! Batman must stop the evil Joker from destroying Gotham City in this superhero blockbuster. Batman has everything a good superhero film should have. While not that close to the comic it still has some comic book things in it. It defiantly the best. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2010
    10
    best Michael Keaton movie ever!
  4. Jun 22, 2013
    8
    The first time that Batman is seen on screen in this way leads to a darkly funny comic book film. Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson give goodThe first time that Batman is seen on screen in this way leads to a darkly funny comic book film. Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson give good performances and Tim Burton continued a solid early career. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2014
    7
    Batman is good. Its hard for me to love this movie given that I’ve seen the later and superior versions of Batman and have been spoiled by soBatman is good. Its hard for me to love this movie given that I’ve seen the later and superior versions of Batman and have been spoiled by so many comic book movies but I appreciate for what it is. This comes from a time when comic book movies were not that common and if they did exist they weren’t taken as seriously as they are today. The fact that a dark comic book movie came out that was good was a big deal and the film did lay the groundwork for future comicbook movies and later versions of the character that I love specifically Batman: The Animated Series as well as the Nolan films. What makes this film entertaining are the characters primarily the Joker with Jack Nicholson giving an excellent performance. If this is your introduction to Batman you’ll probably love this movie but if not you won’t be blown away by it but it is still entertaining. Had this been my first time seeing Batman I would’ve probably really enjoyed it but instead its entertaining. As it is I enjoy the movie and appreciate what it did for comicbook movies. Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2012
    7
    Tim Burton's Batman might not pack the epic punch of the later Nolan incarnation of the dark knight, but it still stands as a thoroughlyTim Burton's Batman might not pack the epic punch of the later Nolan incarnation of the dark knight, but it still stands as a thoroughly enjoyable Bat-romp. Silly and gothic in equal measure, the movie is buoyed by a charismatic performance from jack Nicholson, a rousing classic theme tune and the coolest batmobile to ever grace the screen. Expand
  7. 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 thatWhat 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

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