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Batman Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    66

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Stylish, violent, and often dull Batman adventure.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids watching this movie will see the murder of parents before their own kids, disfigurement, a quill pen jabbed in a man's throat and another electrocuted to death, along with numerous shoot-outs, wild chases, and vigilantism portrayed in a favorable light.

  • Families can talk about vigilantism. When Batman decides to punish or kill criminals himself, instead of handing them over to the police, is he doing the right thing? For younger kids, you might discuss whether Batman acts like a good guy when he dangles people over city streets or kills criminals. Older kids might be interested in discussing real life instances of vigilatism and contrasting that with what happens in the movie.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although he's ostensibly the good guy, Batman is played here as he was originally conceived, a dark and troubled vigilante. He's never as grotesque as the Joker, but Batman's behavior is often as violent. He tends to kill the criminals he pursues.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Numerous shootouts, killings, chases, and fight scenes. In a flashback, Bruce Wayne remembers witnessing his parents' killing; the film's first scene parallels this with a present-day child seeing his father killed by a mugger. The Joker kills one victim with a quill-pen in the throat, and electrocutes another. Batman and Vicki nearly meet their fate at the movie's end while hanging from a ledge.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Implied sex between Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Vicki Vale.

  • language false0

    Language: Double entendres, frequent mild obscenities.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Part of a series of movies that spun off numerous licensed products aimed at kids, including toys, clothing and fast food tie-ins.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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