Batman Returns
Batman Returns (1992)

Batman returns, this time protecting Gotham City from the Penguin who is running for mayor and Catwoman who is just having fun in her psychotic way. The two villains team up to frame the caped crusader. Dark, stylish but ultimately too much… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 29, 1997
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

There are flashes of commercially oriented action and humor, but the overall feeling is one of a languid depression sprung straight from the heart of its author.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original

Dennis King
Tulsa World

Director Tim Burton, apparently given a free hand to create a follow-up to the hugely successful 1989 Batman, marshals all his forces to create an elaborately melancholy ode to alienation.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

[Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see, but it is a claustrophobic conception, not an expansive one, oppressive rather than exhilarating, and it strangles almost all the enjoyment out of this movie without half trying.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Burton, once an animator at Disney, understands that to go deeper, you must fly higher, to liberation from plot into poetry. Here he's done it. This Batman soars.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Among the 1990s' most fruitful marriages of high-brow auteurist style and pulp source material. A Burtonesque layer cake: at bottom, his take on German Expressionism; then the Gotham grotesquerie; topping it all off is a fissuring, fracturing fairytale.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

As in the first movie, Burton gives the material a luxurious masked-ball quality and a sly contemporary wit without violating the myth's low, cheesy comic-book origins.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Batman Returns, though, is full of grim, Dostoyevskian undertones, not to mention a multitude of bloody, violent scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
The Caped Crusader's return is even darker and erotic than the first. Batman Return displays true starpower with Keaton, Pfeiffer, Walken and DeVito… More
Alex roy
Batman Returns is a great follow-up to Tim Burton's first Batman feature. The film is much darker than the previous one, the atmosphere, darker,… More
Samuel Riley
Once again, the performance of the villain is superior to Michael Keaton's moderate portrayal of Batman. This time, our main foe is the Penguin, played by… More
KJ Proulx
What I will start off by saying, is that it is in no way mind-blowing. I said the exact same thing about the first Tim Burton Batman film, but it's the… More
Joshua Wilburn
Now unlike the first Batman, this one I have a little hard of a time respecting this. For one thing, this completely rips apart the lore of Batman and the… More
Everett Johnson
Growing up, I only remember seeing this one time, and that was in the theater. I didn't really care for it at all. It was dark, boring, hookey, and… More

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