Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
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This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown psychotic. The story describes the origins of Batman as it follows the Dark Knight's attempts to capture the elusive, deadly Phantasm who kills a crime lord and makes it look as if Batman did it, causing a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The violence is too realistic (though not terribly graphic) to qualify as cartoony escapism, yet the movie lacks the sophistication, vision or satirical edge to lay claim to any higher purpose. It's merely dark for dark's sake."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Closer to radio drama than kiddie fare, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the strangest PG film of the year."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Quintessential Batman and a quality cartoon."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"This absorbing adventure should resonate with those who take the notion of heroism seriously -- especially adolescent boys."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Excellent, highly stylized animation."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"While the script and pedigree of actors are commendable, the craft level is too close to the small-screen offering to get audiences into theaters."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Fans of classical animation are hereby warned to steer clear of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, for it will put them in instant vapor-lock and there aren't enough ambulances available this time of year."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"managed to soar above the theatrical Batman adaptation, and would remain the best Bat Movie to hit the big screens until Batman Begins shook things up in 2005"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Heroic stuff."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Really good animated movie. Full of action, excitement and character."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"The actor's voices may suit animated television characters, but on a large screen Kevin Conroy's Batman, Mark Hamill's Joker, and Dana Delany's Andrea sound flat and one-dimensional."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Among the boldest and most ambitious stories ever attempted in its franchise, and it is as acute, and compelling, and satisfyingly Batmanny as any of the Batman features, if not moreso."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the best movie versions of Batman ever"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Respects the character...and winningly combines personal drama and clever themes with intrigue and action to tell a story in keeping with Batman's classic comic adventures."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The best, most true-to-the-character adaptation of Batman for the big screen. Simply put: animation succeeded everywhere Burton and Schumacher failed."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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