Batman (1989)

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 23, 1989
DVD Release Date: March 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.

Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter

Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.

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Josh Larsen

Nicholson isn't only offering a brilliant bit of self-parody here, he's doing it in service to the character

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton's Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan's genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy...

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.

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Variety Staff

Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Nicholson's Joker is a villain worthy of a real superhero and Keaton's Batman gets to perform some cinematic superheroics of the first order.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
There's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as Keaton's and Nicholson's performances but overall this film did age a lot worse… More
Samuel Riley
An interesting take on Batman, which has a high level of unrecognized faith towards the comics. Michael Keaton only gives a moderate performances as the caped… More
Eugene Bernabe
The creative vision of the Dark Knight is presented in only a way Tim Burton could do it. Batman is a charming and stylized portrayal of the DC-Comic hero. From… More
Joshua Wilburn
I respect this film for the same reason I respect the Sam Raimi's Spiderman trilogy. It brought a respectable version of the character to the big screen… More
Michael Edwards
again its not one of the best superhero movies ive ever seen but its still pretty good for any fan of the comics and or Tim Burton
Alex roy
Tim Burton delivers something truly special with his first Batman feature. Burton crafts a film with a dark comic book vision which makes this film one of the… More