100

Washington Post

The movie fixes you in its gravitational pull. It's an enveloping, walk-in vision... As rich and satisfying a movie as you're likely to see all year.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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80

Empire

Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Burton's Gotham City-constructed on a massive sound stage in London- is a striking blend of spindly gothic, decaying art deco and broodingly bland institutional architecture that seems to lie just a couple of subway stops down from Ridley Scott's ''Blade Runner'' and Terry Gilliam's ''Brazil.'' It's great to look at, but we seem to have been here before. [23 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There's a cold intelligence at work here. Though its pleasures are plentiful enough to reward a second viewing, only Nicholson has saved Warners from a wing-clip. [23 June 1989, Life, p.1D]
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It would be a lot better if it didn't lean exclusively on bone-crunching action for its climactic thrills, and the story continues long after its ideas have started to sag. [29 June 1989, Arts, p.10]
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Batman is largely content to skim the surface and bask in the light of its visual style.
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60

TV Guide

Despite its interesting, grim tone and undeniably striking visuals from director Burton and production designer Furst, the film fails to synthesize its strengths into a compelling whole.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie's problem is that no one seemed to have any fun making it, and it's hard to have much fun watching it. It's a depressing experience.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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