Critic Reviews



Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
San Francisco Chronicle
It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.
Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour.
USA Today
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]
Chicago Tribune
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]
Christian Science Monitor
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]
Batman is largely content to skim the surface and bask in the light of its visual style.
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.
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Los Angeles Times
The Joker has been demoted into a broad-scale sociopath, without a tempter's power or a mythic villain's complexity. And that's the movie's real undoing. [23 June 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]

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