The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Joel Schumacher, director and ringmaster, piles on the flashy showmanship and keeps the film as big, bold, noisy and mindlessly overwhelming as possible.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Unfortunately, the charming Batfamily can't stay in their cave indefinitely; they've got to go out and fight crime. And that's where this elaborately high-style production from Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher hits an iceberg.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's the lightest of the Batman movies, the most cartoony, the dumbest and the least ambitious. But it holds the audience's attention, brings on a few laughs and never really gets boring.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
George Clooney looks great in a cape, but this fourth installment in the series has invested so much capital in razzle-dazzle special effects that it hardly matters whose head is under the pointy-eared helmet.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Batman & Robin, like the first three films in the series, is wonderful to look at, and has nothing authentic at its core.
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By James Berardinelli
This film, which places yet another actor in the batsuit, has all the necessary hallmarks of a sorry sequel -- pointless, plodding plotting; asinine action; clueless, comatose characterization; and dumb dialogue.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's a gee-whiz kiddie movie imagined by pervy grown-ups who get a giggle out of mixing bloodless fight scenes with close-ups of rubber-wrapped butts and baskets.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Clooney's stiff cornball delivery and tendency to smile during the most tragic moments bring this as close to the cartoonish Batman television series of the 1960s as any of the movies have come.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Batman & Robin fails to engage the spirit of Batman, Robin, or decent marketing in general, and instead ends up as a limp, excruciatingly shallow knockoff that leaves viewers cringing at the unavoidable one-liners that make up the better part of the script.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Campy costumes can't disguise the incoherent plot, confused performances and lame script that send this star vehicle spiralling downward.
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28 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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