Batman

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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: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Collins
    80
    Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour.
  4. 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]
  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 78
  2. Negative: 8 out of 78
  1. H.Identity
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    This movie was probably the best superhero movie I've seen. Michael Keaton made the character of Batman a dark and menacing figure of This movie was probably the best superhero movie I've seen. Michael Keaton made the character of Batman a dark and menacing figure of the night which made him my favorite Batman of all time. And Jack Nicolson's portrayal of the Joker was creepy yet genius. I loved the movie all around. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2014
    10
    Batman 1989 is my favourite superhero film, Michael Keaton is the best Batman because you never would have suspected that it's him, he asBatman 1989 is my favourite superhero film, Michael Keaton is the best Batman because you never would have suspected that it's him, he as Bruce Wayne keeps all his troubles and worries inside not showing it when around other people, and when he is Batman he lets all that anger and hate out, then there is Jack Nicholson as the Joker he was the one who stole the whole movie and well he is the best movie Joker because he is funny and creepy. This is also by far the best superhero-villain relationship I've seen in a comic book movie, first of all Joker killed Batman's parents, if that doesn't make him his enemy than I don't know what will. The soundtrack is amazing and the last third of the movie is definitely the best part of the movie, you see the Batmobile, you see the Batwing, you see Joker, and Batman kicking ass. 10/10 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. Jun 25, 2015
    7
    While Jack Nicholson is entertaining, he takes much more screen time than, well, Batman. The story isn't as great and there are a few pointsWhile Jack Nicholson is entertaining, he takes much more screen time than, well, Batman. The story isn't as great and there are a few points where the tone can be a bit jumpy.
    However, Michael Keaton made a great Batman, the cinematography and art design are both beautiful, and the score by Danny Elfman is amazing.
    It's a flawed, but satisfying superhero movie.
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  6. Dec 29, 2012
    7
    This movie was alright and had some great actors in it but I think it is overrated. People say they like this movie because Tim Burton put aThis movie was alright and had some great actors in it but I think it is overrated. People say they like this movie because Tim Burton put a very dark spin on it, but personally I did not find it to be that dark. Maybe it is because it had a top-40 Artist (formerly known as? currently known as?) Prince doing the soundtrack along with a cheesy medley song with samples from the movie playing regularly on top 40 radio. Maybe it was because it was being promoted by fast-food franchises like McDonalds/Burger King (don't remember which). In any case it seemed really mainstream in many ways that a Tim Burton film usually isn't. It was, at least, definitely better than the 3rd and 4th sequels to come when the torch was passed to Joel Schumacher. Jack Nicholson has an interesting interpretation of The Joker. It is worth watching but overrated. 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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