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Batman Returns

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

This film pits the caped crusader against his most fiendish opponents yet: the evil Penguin and the sinuous, mysterious and sensual Catwoman.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the 1989 original film is darker and more kill-happy than the previous installment. Crooks wearing giant skull-head masks run amok at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. Selena suffers a breakdown, during which she destroys her apartment. The Penguin threatens Schreck by producing his ex-partner's severed hand. Schreck is electrocuted, leaving a charred, pop-eyed corpse. And the movie deals with mature themes, such as death, abandonment of a child, and corruption in big business.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Catwoman character. Is she a positive role model for women -- or a familiar stereotype? Can you think of a female superhero who doesn't wear a slinky costume? How does Catwoman gain power outside her normal life?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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

4 stars

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

4 stars

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