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Batman Forever Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is no rhythm to the movie, no ebb and flow; it's all flat-out spectacle.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    With an ace pop mechanic like Joel Schumacher now in charge of our hero's bruised psyche, the patient not only survives but thrives in the garishly garnished but never groaningly gruesome Batman Forever. [16 Jun 1995, Pg.01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Although the film's frenetic rhythm is reminiscent of an "Indiana Jones" picture, visually Schumacher directs it like a musical, turning each image into eye candy, weaving one lush set piece into the next, as if he were the Vincente Minnelli of blockbusters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

A flashy movie that's more like a video game.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Batman movie franchise deals with the deaths of both Bruce and Dick's parents, that Batman and his pals are placed in jeopardy several times; at one point, the Caped Crusader is believed to have been buried alive, and that when Batman finally does catch his opponents, he kills them rather than bringing them to justice.

  • Families can talk about superheroes. How does Batman compare to, say, Superman? Is Batman always a good guy? What is the difference between vigilantism and justice?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Numerous fight scenes, with much gunfire, fisticuffs, speeding cars, and explosions. Only a few deaths, but each is violent and sadistic in a cartoonish way.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Suggestive verbal banter between Bruce and Chase. Two-Face's assistants wear revealing lingerie.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: This film is part of the Batman film series.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue