Batman Forever
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Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"By now, Jim Carrey is doing sarcastic takes on his own sarcasm, and there's something funny and a little scary in that."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The second sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster makes its predecessors appear models of subtlety and coherence."
‑ , Time Out
"As for Two-Face, my favorite Batman baddie on the printed page, Tommy Lee Jones makes a complete mockery of the character with a broad performance that's difficult to stomach."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A flashy movie that's more like a video game."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
"Hasn't aged very well."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Joel Schumacher submits to the Wagnerian bombast with an overly busy surface, and the script by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman basically runs through the formula as if it's a checklist."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film recovers from that initial confusion to get stronger as it goes along, and to shape up as a free-form playground for its various masquerading stars."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The gulf between the dark universe Burton's film set up and the tremendously silly camp world that [Batman Forever was] hunting for was too great to hybridise the two."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Under Joel Schumacher's helm, this third chapter is disappointing--despite a new Batman (the vain Val Kilmer), new femme, new villains and characters, new costumes and even new Batmobile."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a film not designed to be the best piece of pop art it can possibly be, but calculated to draw the widest possible demographics in order to please WB's merchandising partners."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"As for Kilmer, he gamely steps into the dual Batman/Wayne role but can't get much traction, finding, as Michael Keaton had, that beyond a stern jaw there's not much to be done with it, since the suit does most of the work."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Batman Forever is in and out but wins in the end by staying true to its unbridled comic spirit."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Batman is transformed in to Flesh Gordon with a phallic bat mobile, Bat nipples and sexual chemistry with his young ward..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Die-hard Batman fans will be even more disappointed with this than they were with Burton's version."
‑ , Film4
"Batman Forever is louder and gaudier than Burton's films, so be prepared."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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