Batman

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69

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ron Pennington
    Mar 27, 2016
    100
    This Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton. The film may be disappointing to those expecting a campy cartoon, however, although the more dramatic stylization of this version is its strongest asset.
  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. Tampa Bay Times
    Reviewed by: Hal Lipper
    Mar 27, 2016
    91
    Batman is perfect summertime fare. Its secret is levity hidden in a dark and troubled soul.. [23 June 1989, p.6]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Nicholson's Joker will be the pivotal point for many. It's his energy, spurting like an artery, that keeps the picture alive; it's certainly not the special effects, the editing, which has no discernible rhythm, or the flaccid screenplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 89
  2. Negative: 8 out of 89
  1. Sam
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    A fantastic film, with an interesting plot, and the joker has some laughs, but the sad part is, it's only third best in terms of the top A fantastic film, with an interesting plot, and the joker has some laughs, but the sad part is, it's only third best in terms of the top (and only) 5 Batman movies. Here, I'll give you the Batman movies in order of the best to the worst with the score I give them. 1. Batman Begins (10) 2. Batman Returns (10) 3. Batman (10) 4. Batman Forever (8) 5. Batman and Robin (3). However, I must agree on the fact that this movie does have a memorable line, "He stole my Baloons!" And, of course, who could forget the Joker's question that was answered in the other classic, Batman Begins? "Where does he get all those wonderful toys?" 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. Mar 20, 2016
    8
    While not as good as the dark knight trilogy, this is still the batman movie fans have wanted, well in the 80"s. With a great cast, story, andWhile not as good as the dark knight trilogy, this is still the batman movie fans have wanted, well in the 80"s. With a great cast, story, and entertainment, this is one batman fans should not miss. Expand
  5. May 30, 2016
    7
    I know this movie was a big deal when it came out, but even when I was a kid, it didn't do much for me then, and it still doesn't today.I know this movie was a big deal when it came out, but even when I was a kid, it didn't do much for me then, and it still doesn't today. Keaton is a decent Batman and Nicholson is a good Joker, but it does not feel like Batman to me. When you really look at the plot, it is really stupid in a lot of ways, especially the Joker having motives to get with Vicki.... are you serious Tim Burton? But as a start to seeing a more accurate portrayal of Batman, it is a decent film. Expand
  6. May 15, 2013
    7
    Probably one of my most nostalgic movie franchise was the batman series, from Tim Burton's original to even Batman and Robin. With that said,Probably one of my most nostalgic movie franchise was the batman series, from Tim Burton's original to even Batman and Robin. With that said, this one was one I never watched as much compared to the sequal. I just didn't get into it. Watching it now I realize it's probably one of the best ones, in my opinion I like Batman returns more. I got this movie along with the next three in what's probably now called a box set, I watched all of them multiple times; I didn't know how bad the last one was, and enjoyed watching most of them. I guess I should start talking abut the movie now instead of how I got it, the best things in this movie are shown right in the opening. The score to this is now iconic, I think it's better than Nolan's score. It sets the mood, it gets exciting, and just feels so triumphant. The actors are a good choice as well. Michael Keaton is now famous for his role as Batman, giving a settle Bruce Wayne character and the bruting Batman. Jack Nicolson; I'm a big fan of his now, he gives a sorta hoakey performance. I mean, he's not at all scary, more funny in fact, but he does what he wants and we love him for it. The supporting cast from Bruce's butler Alfred are good, and the reporter is...okay. Okay so she isn't anything great, if anything she's annoying. I think the plot is interesting; being Tim Burton he gives a shot at 60's culture, satire of how people fancy themselves with make-up and other products, and decide to use it against the populous. The sleek and dark look of gotham is forever remembered in the eyes of filmmakers, having essence of Chicago and other crime driven cities. Also this film was I believe criticised for its dark tone; when that would come full bloom in the next installment, and in all honesty it's not that dark, it's darkly shot if that's what they meant. Now my final verdict for this film is what it is because it holds good nostalgia; even if it's not my favorite in the series, some good performances, and it's just to see the caped crusader on the big screen done right. 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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