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A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
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Fresh: Something about the filmmaker's eccentric, surreal, childlike images seems to strike a deep chord in the mass psyche: he makes nightmares that taste like candy.
- David Ansen, Newsweek, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Fresh: As Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands reminded us, Burton always has been more absorbed by what his audience sees than by what his movies say.
- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Caped Crusader's return is even darker and erotic than the first. Batman Return displays true starpower with Keaton, Pfeiffer, Walken and DeVito playing magnificently. Tim Burton once again extends his film-making vision to newer heights. 4/5
- fb1442511448, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Perfect casting choice and a worth sequel, it's always films like this that keep you truly entertained until the credits.
- scottgreen96, Thursday, October 27, 2011
img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] I was never a fan of Batman Returns' predecessor. For me it never felt like a true Tim Burton film. The direction was unimaginative which is so unlike his normal work. It felt really studio structured and was very unevenly paced and suffered from a lack of back story, too many plot holes and boring set pieces. The sequel however is precisely the opposite. Batman Returns is true Burton material. The set pieces are more imaginative, the story and script is gothic and much darker than the first one and is overall more involving. The costume design is amazing, particularly for Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman was scene stealing for me. In my opinon she gives the best performance out of all actresses who have portrayed the feline fatale. She is probably the most developed character closely followed by the Penguin, and of course Batman, who we actually get to see more of this time round. There is improvement in terms of pretty much everything that people seem to embrace the first film for. The tone of it is perfect. I was much more confident I was watching a Burton movie in which he had complete creative control of the source material. Some sequences are reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas such as our introduction into the Penguin's habitat and Danny DeVito's portrayal as the penguin is effortlessly perfect thanks to some decent casting. There's a unique edginess to it that other comic book adaptions haven't had, I think it's one of, if not, Tim Burton's best film.
- aquateen2, Sunday, June 24, 2012