Batman & Robin
George Clooney stars as the mysterious caped crusader in this fourth installment of the blockbuster "Batman" saga. This time he's up against the cold-blooded Mr. Freeze.
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Rotten: Please, supervillains, you mutter quietly. Deliver us from the bland.
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Tuesday, July 24, 2001
Rotten: Pointless, plodding plotting; asinine action; clueless, comatose characterization; and dumb dialogue.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Tuesday, July 24, 2001
You've all seen this film, and you all know it's bad. There's a you tube video that compiles 100 of Arnold's best film quotes and there are about a ton of quotes taken from this film. If you are contemplating re-watching this film to get a kick out of how many bad "ice" puns Arnold makes, don't. The film is just plain awful. Arnold is not onscreen long enough to redeem just how unwatchable the whole thing is, and his quotes get tired after the first hour. There are only so many "ice" puns you can make before they just get annoying.
- MovieGeek13, Monday, August 30, 2010
Right off the bat (sorry!) the audience is treated to multiple shots of Batman's well sculptured butt, codpiece, and nipples. Clooney fits Bruce Wayne's lifestyle so well, but he is not dark enough dramatically for me. That smirk and the way he flatly delivers his lines make it clear he got the part purely on good looks. Again Schumacher gives us a loud, brightly colored, cheesy movie in which villains and heroes try to outdo each other in going over the top like in the 60's camp classic. The digital effects still in their youth in the industry aren't too bad, but in long shots of characters flying through the air they stand out like sore thumbs to modern eyes. The origins of Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Bane are explained and again Batman takes a back seat to the outlandish charisma offered by the villains. Hingle as Commissioner Gordon gets one moment to do something heroic, but he and the police force continue to be useless in sad comic fashion. O'Donnell as Robin furthers his whiny plea to get out from under Batman's shadow. Silverstone as Alfred's niece and a thrill junkie who eventually becomes Batgirl (another heartthrob for the younger audience) is not British! The one semi-bright spot that made the story a bit more bearable was Michael Gough as Alfred. He brings a bit of weight to his scenes here, and outshines everyone, especially the title character of Batman, in my opinion.
- hypathio7, Thursday, August 19, 2010