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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"If Christopher Nolan never decided to direct a Batman movie, 'Batman Returns' would easily reign as the best film starring the Caped Crusader."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"It's not really a movie. It's a painting and Burton is a painter, a Hieronymus Bosch for our time. The thing seems to come straight from his subconscious and unspool in dream-logic."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Batman Returns is the rarest of Hollywood beasts -- a sequel that's better than the original"
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Burton and company return to the prickly humor that gave such a jolt to the earlier film -- frequently finding it in unexpected places."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Batman Returns, though, is full of grim, Dostoyevskian undertones, not to mention a multitude of bloody, violent scenes."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"DeVito and Pfeiffer make formidable foes and formidable fun."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's the kind of film which has great stills but never quite comes alive when it actually moves -- likely to win at the box-office quicker than it does in the mind."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This time the richness of the Batman movie is not in its production design but rather in Burton's and screenwriter Daniel Waters' Freudian view of adult human behavior."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Even though fans of the 1960s TV show may reject its brooding atmosphere, this is still impressive stuff."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Batman has begun to exhibit more of the qualities Burton finds so interesting."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Batman Returns is as bitter as it is biting. Ingenious though it is, it makes you squirm as often as it makes you laugh."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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