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Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 58
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 34
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The film recovers from that initial confusion to get stronger as it goes along, and to shape up as a free-form playground for its various masquerading stars.
Fresh: By now, Jim Carrey is doing sarcastic takes on his own sarcasm, and there's something funny and a little scary in that.
Rotten: As for Kilmer, he gamely steps into the dual Batman/Wayne role but can't get much traction, finding, as Michael Keaton had, that beyond a stern jaw there's not much to be done with it, since the suit does most of the work.
Rotten: Joel Schumacher submits to the Wagnerian bombast with an overly busy surface, and the script by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman basically runs through the formula as if it's a checklist.
One of the best classic Batman films I love!
I grew up as a kid with all the four classic Batman films. Batman Forever always brings back so many wonderful childhood memories, collecting action figures and the vehicles! While I enjoy Chris Nolan's new Batman films, I always love to turn back and watch the old ones, and this one is my personal favorite! Although Michael Keaton didn't return to play the Dark Knight, Val Kilmer still did a great job, as well as Tommy Lee Jones & Jim Carrey as the hilarious villains Two-Face & Riddler, Nicole Kidman as the sexy Chase Meridian, and Chris O'Donnell as the Wonder Boy, Robin! I highly recommend this for all Batman fans. This one is worth either the price or the rental, you choose!
The Beginning of the Batman Train Wreck
Batman = 5 stars, Batman Returns = 4 stars, Batman Forever... let's change the cast, director, and vision. Let's make it childish. Hollywood can be so dumb sometimes. Thankfully WB brought this franchise back to life with Batman Begins.
Jim Carey is the best, great cast.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1995
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