Batman (1989) Synopsis
Director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton reinvent the classic superhero - with some help from Jack Nicholson as The Joker - in this smart and beautifully designed action film. Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl and Jack Palance costar.
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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...
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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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Empire

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Great action movie. Great acting by jack on the joker. Best batman so far, although i think the dark night will totally blow it away....

GREATEST MOVIE OF THE 80'S!!!

By supremeadmiral
This is the one that started it all!  A GREAT movie, well planned and well cast.  Tim Burton brought us a perfect movie adaptation of a comic book.  Any time your local theater shows...

It's no Batman Begins

By Sweets'
I just saw this last week for the first time. Previously the only Batman movie I'd seen was Batman Begins. This was soooo corney in comparison. I guess that's to be expected from an eighteen year old...

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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Stylish, violent, and often dull Batman adventure.
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