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Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Keaton ("Herbie: Fully Loaded," "White Noise") stars as the legendary nocturnal crime-fighter. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") is the Joker, Batman's maniacal arch-nemesis, and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kim Basinger ("L.A. Confidential," "9-1/2 Weeks") is Vicki Vale, the beautiful photojournalist with a passion for Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tim Burton ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Featuring songs by music legend Prince ("Purple Rain") and a score by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Danny Elfman ("Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time, who also added Batman and the Joker to its list of 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 66
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The wit is all pictorial. The film meanders mindlessly from one image to the next, as does a comic book. It doesn't help that the title character remains such a wimp even when played by Michael Keaton.
Fresh: Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.
Fresh: The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.
Fresh: An exhilarating mix of cartoon lore (though not nearly enough for rabid Batpurists), screen presence (this is pretty much the Jack and Mike Show), psychological murkiness (though it could have used even more) and demented Gothic goofiness.
Top of the genre
Arguably the best superhero film ever completed. Batmania still reigns to this day because of this phenomenon!
Especially when it came out. There was nothing like it. Isn't the best Batman film but definitely is an important one. It showed us the real Batman for the first time.
Third act is a bit off with (Spoiler Alert) Alfred bringing Vicki into the Bat Cave?!
Jack Nicholson was incredible as Joker. I remember all the bad talk about Keaton as Batman...Keaton showed them. :)
A must-see for Any Batman Fan.
Love this movie
This is the first batman movie I've seen and I love it. Love Nicholson & Keaton. Love jokers long gun that shoots down the batwing. Hated that joker killed bruce's parents!!! Joe chill did, not joker!!! Best from the 90's bat movies
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1989
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