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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.

Actors: Robert Wuhl , Lee Wallace , Tracey Walter , Jerry Hall , Jack Palance , Billy Dee Williams , Pat Hingle , Michael Gough , Kim Basinger , Jack Nicholson , Michael Keaton
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA , UK
Release: 1989-06-23
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  • Rick Groen

    In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Andrew Collins

    Jack Nicholson as The Joker helpfully provides all the colour.

    Empire Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Nicholson embellishes fascinatingly baroque designs with his twisted features, lavish verbal pirouettes and inspired excursions into the outer limits of psychosis. It's a masterpiece of sinister comic acting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The Batblast of the summer.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

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

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Staff (Non Credited)

    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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The main problem is that Burton operates best on a modest scale; saddled with a blockbuster, he doesn't know how to animate all the dead space.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    It's neither funny nor solemn. It has the personality not of a particular movie but of a product, of something arrived at by corporate decision.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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